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  TOPSHOT - England midfielder Share Alli (C) celebrates with England's forward-looking Harry Kane after finishing his second goal during Russia's 2018 World Cup quarter-finals match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018. (Photo of EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP) / LIMITED FOR ACCOUNTING USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS / DOWNLOADS (Photo Credit will read EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP / Getty Images)


Only four countries remain in 201

8 the FIFA World Cup after the end of the quarterfinals Saturday in Russia.

France and Belgium had already secured their beds in the semifinals with victories on Friday. England and Croatia followed Saturday, where the latter needs punishment to defeat Russia.

VM 2018 Schedule

Tuesday 11 July

France vs. Belgium at 2 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. BST (Fox, ITV)

Wednesday 12 July

Croatia vs. England at 2 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. BST (Fox, BBC)

Saturday 14 July

Third Playoff at 10:00 ET, 3 p.m. BST (Fox, ITV)

Sunday 15 July

World Cup final at 11:00 ET, 4 p.m.

France vs. Belgium

  Belgium coach Roberto Martinez performs during Russia 2018 World Cup quarter final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. (Photo by Jewel Samad / AFP) / LIMITED FOR ACCOUNTING USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALE [19659002] JEWEL SAMAD / Getty Images [19659003] When Belgium employed Roberto Martinez in 2016, it seemed as if they were wasting their gold quality talents with another brutal coach. But the Red Devil is a victory away from his first World Cup final. </p>
<p>  Martinez is not only dependent on the star power at his disposal. His tactics played a major role in Belgium's 2-1 defeat in Brazil in the quarterfinals. </p>
<p>  Although he went back to the World Cup 2014, Belgium has had quality plans to win a major title, and the Brazil match may have been a turning point. It's hard to imagine Marc Wilmots orchestrating a performance that Martinez did Friday. </p>
<p>  On the other hand, France coach Didier Deschamps has not served many plagues with how his team has played: </p>
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After years of imploding at international tournaments, a qualifying qualification for the semifinals can be exactly what France needed.

An earlier version of Les Bleus may have been self-ruined after falling behind 2- 1 to Argentina in the round of 16. Instead, the French made three goals to blow what had been a close game open. They followed up with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay where Fernando Muslera gave a helping hand, but they never looked to be in serious danger.

Of the four teams left in the tournament, France has certainly seen the strongest. They have won four of their five matches, and the outlier was a draw with Denmark where Deschamps planned for the next round.

The winner of this match will be a favorite in the World Cup final.

Croatia vs England

  SOCHI, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Croatia Ivan Rakitic shows his sides as winning penalty in the penalty game in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia quarter final match between Russia and Croatia at Fisht Stadium on 7 July 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo of

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Croatia survived Saturday, but it came to a clear physical cost. Sime Vrsaljko limped off as he left the match after 97 minutes. Danijel Subasic seemed to struggle for bad cramps in his hamstring and Mario Mandzukic had nothing left in mind after playing the whole match.

Both Kroat's knockout scene matches went to punishment. It does not just add an extra hour of play, but nobody says what sort of effect the back- Two back penalty games have been on the players.

Croatia does not play again until Wednesday, but perseverance is likely to be a problem when they take England in the semifinals:

The idea of ​​the World Cup coming home to England has become a meme, but the three lions have led a little charmed life in the World Cup in 2018.

They opened the tournament with a injury winner against Tunisia. Their 1-0 defeat to Belgium hit them down to the simplest half of the row. And they finally won a penalty shootout at the World Cup after releasing their first three.

England players have often succumbed to the importance of history. Many players in this England installation have not tasted years of failure with the national team. Certainly there was 2-1 defeat to Iceland at UEFA Euro 2016, but the move to coach Gareth Southgate represented a clean slate.

While losing the World Cup semi-final can never be considered a disappointment, England can never have a better chance of returning to the World Cup final and lifting the trophy for a second time.

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