How do the World Cup quarter-finalists compare?

06 July, 2018, 04:27 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Croatia take on Denmark for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. AFP

Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed his opinion over the criticism directed at Neymar for his alleged play-acting during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. That's Sweden, which will face England on Saturday.

Brazil have played four games in the tournament and Neymar has been fouled 23 times in four games.

Ahead of Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium, a Swiss TV Stadium spent a fair amount of time to actually track Neymar's time on the ground.

While the images of Ronaldo and Messi were cheek-by-jowl near the Ramada Hotel along with a cheeky message challenging the Argentine to match his rival's goal tally in Brazil, Neymar has his own spot near the other official team hotel, the Mirage. Ronaldo's eight goals in Japan and South Korea included both in the final, a 2-0 win over Germany.

The samba boys have not yet hit full strength but with a game of this magnitude and their ability to somehow find goals from somewhere, it will make them hard to beat with Neymar Jr., Coutinho, Jesus and Willian set to lead the front line.

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Meanwhile, after getting off to a slow start in Russia, Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the tournament with a trio of 2-0 victories, beating Costa Rica and Serbia to close out the group stage and eliminating Mexico in the round of 16.

The Brazilian superstar, the most risky one-on-one player in the world, who has his country on the cusp of its sixth World Cup title, should be celebrated for his ability to beat defenders and change a match with a single run. Sweden is without a game-changing big name, but England is not. The difference between these two teams could be the presence of a star.

The host country will hope that their fairy tale run in this tournament continues on Saturday, but Russian Federation once again has a mountain to climb if it wants to cause another upset.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Argentina left it late to book their place in the round of 16 in Russian Federation 2018 after a 2-1 victory against the Super Eagles of Nigeria. At this late stage the logistics of it would be hard too.

The message left by Neymar on his snapchat roughly translates to "if there is a celebration.it is obvious that there is a game" - indicating this is a regular pastime after the team get a big win.

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