After the huge loss in both the Test matches against Sri Lanka, the Proteas made their winning moment in the first ODI. The loss in the first Test match was by 299 runs while Lankans won the second match by 199 runs. The Africans didn’t understand what’s going on however it could be a matter of home ground and bowling conditions. The spin bowling prevailed in the test series for the Lankans which gave them the celebration to make.
Belgium vs England, is the third-place encounter between European nations and also the second meet between the two. Talking of one side England, they had played energetically so far with two defeats on their side. These were by Belgium and Croatia. They beat Tunisia, Panama and Sweden while played one draw to Colombia. And, final defeat to Croatia in Semi-final by 1-2.
Croatia vs England, the 2nd and last semi of FIFA 2018. Both teams have shown positive game till now by knocking of good teams in Quarterfinals. Now, is to see who will be the tonight match winner securing the final stage. For England, Harry Maguire signs the deal in Quarterfinal against Sweden (2-0) and lift his team to victory. Whereas Croatia was all held by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who played through the pain to help beat Russia in the quarter-finals. If he is not there that day, Croatia would be out of tournament. They beat hosts Russia in 4-3 penalty shootout.
France vs Belgium, the first Semifinal of FIFA 2018 will be a must watch game of the tournament. Out of 32 teams only 8 are left now. From the beginning, France played very beautifully and execute every match giving a fulfillment of enjoying. It did not lose any match of the tournament but, its one Group match ends as a draw against Denmark. This European team deals with best team of the world in Knockouts but turns the destiny in own court. They defeat Argentina and Uruguay by 4-3 and 2-0 respectively in Knockouts.
England vs India, the third and Final T-20 match of the Vitality series. The three match series is leveled 1-1. Both teams won one-one match. First match was won by India with 8 wickets remaining and second match was triumph by Englishmen by 5 wickets.
Uruguay vs France is today’s big match for the race to Quarterfinals as both are unbeaten in the tournament till now. Uruguay’s striker Edinson Cavani lift the team to Quarter-finals hitting 2 goals against Portugal. France on the other hand is looking fierce as they beat Argentina in Round of 16 by 4-3. A blow performance by Mbappe help France win the match as he hit 2 consecutive goals. Mbappe and Cavani are together in the race of Golden Boot as they have scored 3 goals each. Both are full of positive vibe and excitement.
Colombia vs England is the last match of Round of 16 knockout before Quarter-finals. England being the favorite, Colombia surely need to dominate the possession. Tournament top scorer Harry Kane has 5 goals to his name so far leading in Golden boot race. English team start the tournament with a win against Tunisia and Panama (6-0). But, a defeat by Belgium put them in 2nd place of Group. Some loop holes to England team were seen in that match which Los Cafeteros have to take advantage of. Whereas Colombia has to face loss in the very first match by Japan, which is now out of World Cup losing to Belgium. But, he manage to top in the Group by winning against Poland (3-0) and Senegal.
It is the last day of Round of 16 knockout with the second last match to go i.e., Sweden vs Switzerland. The match will be great opportunities for both. With two win against Korea and Mexico while one loss against Germany, Swedish team reach the top of Group with 6 points. They are looking to chase the first ever spot in Quarter-finals since 1994. They are dangerous side defeating Mexico by 3-0 and has nothing to loose on their side. While Switzerland lands 2nd in the Group defeating Serbia by 2-1 and level with Brazil and Costa Rica. Switzerland also haven’t reached Quarter-finals since 1954.
Pressurizing in Knockouts is a one factor, managing it peacefully is purely a different task. One of the reasons the World Cup is the best football show on earth is the contrast between the styles of the teams facing each other, with Belgium vs Japan certainly demonstrating this perfectly. Belgium scored highest 9 points in Group and also defeat England by 1-0. A good update from Belgian side – the players are all fit to enter the field. While Japan win one match, one-draw and one-lose and end at 2nd position in Group. One of the smallest (Japan) team in the tournament will face one of the tallest (Belgium). But, size is not always the important factor.
Knockout is an interesting and most challenging level of any game. Moreover, talking in context of football and that also in FIFA World Cup can be persuasive for participating teams. Brazil vs Mexico is the next match of Round of 16 i.e., knockout stage which is going to be compelling encounter. After playing draw with Switzerland, Brazil top the group defeating Austria and Serbia. They have qualified for the Knockout stage at the World Cup for the 13th time in a row, which is the longest active streak. In their last 14 matches, Brazil’s defense has conceded just three goals.