Japanese players leave locker room spotless after crushing World Cup loss

France's Kylian Mbappe was incredible against Argentina

DAVID VINCENT AP France's Kylian Mbappe was incredible against Argentina

"Do not expect him to do too much of the same in the quarters", warned Griezmann of heightened expectations after Mbappe drew parallels with Pele when he became the first teenager since the Brazilian to score at least twice in a World Cup match.

Watch Belgium and Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup Friday at 1pm et/10am pt on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5 and streaming LIVE on TSN.ca.

Both teams are in the bottom half of the draw in Russian Federation, along with the host nation and Croatia, with England the only former winners of the four teams.

Earlier in the day, Sweden overcame Switzerland 1-0, setting up their quarter-final against England.

I am still backing Brazil to win this World Cup, but the French would give them a serious test. Whoever wins plays either France or Uruguay. Brazil is ranked second and Belgium third. "I started playing for Croatia in 2008 and we have had a lot of unlucky defeats, we needed a bit of luck to get through, but we have worked for it", said Modric.

They have quickly been embraced as national heroes, with the mayor of Moscow responding by making additional public viewing space available in the city before the match in Sochi's Fisht Stadium. But if I could pick the World Cup final I'd most like to see, it'd be Belgium vs. Croatia.

Here's the thing about this World Cup, though: it's been chalked full of upsets and shocking finishes-and what sports fan doesn't appreciate that?!

The last few games were a whirlwind, with some of the best soccer players in the world getting eliminated.

Neymar is found his scoring touch for the Selecao but seems to have not got over his habit of play acting.

Brazil coach Tite said he was desperate to win the match without resorting to the "horror" of penalties after three of the last-16 ties were settled by spot-kicks. Today I was training in a main group.

"It´s a great opportunity, and although our team will be individually better in two years, we might not have this opportunity again", Southgate told the BBC. In the absence of vanquished big names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the final eight are set to thrill us with even more emotions. Relying on the counter will be a far more hard approach for France in this match; they'll need more out of the likes of striker Antoine Griezmann, whose only goals thus far have come from the penalty spot. England, however, did manage to win on penalties, which will have given them a mammoth boost ahead of the quarter-final against Sweden.

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