Eight statistics that matter ahead of World Cup quarterfinals

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As Colombia is grieving over Tuesday's World Cup penalty shootout loss to England, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Argentina legend Diego Maradona suggested their versions of why the team was knocked out of the World Cup, and are blaming the referee.

The three lions created history early this week when Eric Dier scored the winning penalty in the first shootout England has won at the World Cup.

The Three Lions will face Sweden in the last eight, while hosts Russian Federation are still alive and play Croatia.

The draw already guarantees that Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Russia, England or Colombia will be contesting the final in Moscow in less than two weeks.

The law students also stated that Carlo Bacca's extra-time goal was "wrongfully judged" and should've been allowed to stand.

Their team isn't blessed with world-class players, but they seem to be taking a leaf out of underdogs that have gone before them.

This has implications of increasing proportions, because England could conceivably be playing in the championship in Moscow, should the Three Lions win their quarterfinal against Sweden and their semifinal next week against the Russia-Croatia victor.

"People have seen that Russian Federation is a hospitable country‚ a friendly one for those who come here‚" Putin said.

Sweden know how to get the job done, it's as simple as that.

Luka Modric, who has been one of the best players in this year's competition, is an important member of the Blazers team, which is averaging 2 goals per match.

Finding himself with a little more time and space than in the helter-skelter world of the Premier League, it was there that he established himself as a top-class defender and a serious goal threat. Italy couldn't score in 180 minutes in the qualifying play-offs. "A lot of off-the-ball stuff that I'm sure you've not heard about - things you don't really see every much in a football match", the Manchester City player explained. Andersson's squad regrouped, and impressively defeated Mexico 3-0 in their final group match to progress to the knockout stage.

England may not get this chance again - Southgate And finally Sven, who do you want to win?

"He's there. It's just a matter of time", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said after Emil Forsberg's deflected shot was enough to beat Switzerland.

Based on both sides' performances in their respective last-16 clashes, their meeting in Samara is unlikely to be easy on the eye, though it should be engrossing. He symbolises everything good about his nation's football team.



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