RUSSIA QUATER FINALS

Russia World Cup promises more action

Fungai Muderere
The 2018 World Cup soccer extravaganza reached 146 goals on Tuesday night after a total of 56 matches ahead of Friday and Saturday’s quarter-finals action.

Of the 146 goals, 21 have come from the penalty spot 10 being own goals.

Ex-Real Madrid star Denis Cheryshev of Russia, who is on three goals, has also scored one of the 10 own goals so far.

Six spot kicks have been missed in open play so far and England’s Harry Kane (captain) has converted three goals from the spot and his latest was when they took on Columbia on Tuesday.

Three players have scored twice from the spot namely Antoine Griezman (France), Mile Jediank (Australia) and Andreas Granqvisit (Sweden).

Only two players have managed hat tricks that is Kane and Portugal captain Christiano Ronaldo who scored his in their first group match against Spain.

There has been one goalless match and it featured Denmark and France. Until their 2-1 victory over Portugal, Uruguay had completed the group stages without conceding a goal.

There have been 10 braces from nine players and Romelu Lukaku of Belgium has managed two braces.
The Manchester United gunslinger sits on four goals.

We have counted a massive 189 yellow cards with only three of the 56 matches finishing without a yellow card.

There was no caution in the game between Nigeria and Iceland, when Uruguay took on Saudi Arabia and when Lionel Messi’s Argentina took Iceland.

Four red cards have gone to Alexis Sanchez (Colombia), Jérôme Boateng (Germany), Igor Smolinkov (Russia) and Michael Lang (Switzerland)

Meanwhile, England managed to negotiate a hazardous last-16 tie with Colombia to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, but the performance of referee Mark Geiger left players and fans alike bemused as he appeared to lose complete control on proceedings.

The magnitude of the game was in no doubt, with the winner progressing to Saturday’s quarter-final against Sweden and the loser heading home, their World Cup dreams left in ruins.

Colombia were able to drag England into something that resembled a fist-fight — which ironically threatened to actually break out at certain pressure moments.

After becoming the first teenager to notch a World Cup brace in 60 years, Kylian Mbappe will on Friday try to lead France into the 2018 World Cup semi-finals when Les Bleus battle Uruguay.

Other quarter-final match will feature Brazil and Belgium before hosts Russia take on Croatia.

World Cup Quarter- final fixtures

Friday
Urugay v France (4pm), Brazil v Belgium (8pm)

Saturday
Sweden v England (4pm), Russia v Croatia (8pm)