Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Brazil's Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the ground, according to study

Brazil's Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the ground, according to study

Just eight games left to play in Russian Federation as the tournament reaches the quarter-final stage on Friday, after a couple of days off. "I don't want to go home yet".

Had results in qualifying, the playoffs and the group stage gone another way, it might be any one of that illustrious trio preparing to face Colombia or England in the last eight on Saturday.

In the other match in England's half of the draw, host nation Russian Federation - riding a wave of euphoria after their shock win against 2010 winners Spain - face a Croatia side inspired by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in Sochi on Saturday.

The quarterfinals get underway on Friday, when France battles Uruguay as heavy -105 favourites, followed by a clash of soccer titans as Brazil takes on Belgium as +110 chalk.

France looked more like the contender it was believed to be at the outset of this tournament during a Round of 16 win over Argentina, counterattacking with fluidity in a 4-3 thriller.

Dzagoev, who scored three goals in 21 league appearances for CSKA Moscow in 2017-18, said that Cherchesov had yet to reveal his game plan for the quarter-final to the Russian Federation players. When they left the room, it was completely spotless and even left a thank you note in Russian for the country hosting this year's tournament.

Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne are likely to give Brazil's defence the biggest test of their campaign so far, although the South Americans have only conceded once in four matches.

This was by no means a virtuoso display from Neymar in the ilk of his PSG colleagues.

A World Cup that has delivered its fair share of shocks and upsets continued that trend in the Round of 16, particularly the ousting of favourites Spain by outliers Russian Federation.

Uruguay on the other hand have scored also scored 7 goals at the World Cup with Edinson Cavani scoring three goals for them.

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