After a rather extraordinary round of quarter-final fixtures, there are just four teams left in this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Two of those teams contested the 2018 final (a final we can see a repeat of next Sunday), another is led by one of the greatest footballers of all time, and the other is most surprising of all – the first African nation to ever reach the World Cup semi-finals.
So, who’s the best team left?
Who should be considered the favourites to win the World Cup?
Harry Symeou hosts Andy Headspeath, Quentin Gesp and Jack Gallagher to look back on the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia – join us!
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We’ve answered said questions below…
The first African nation to make the World Cup semi-finals ever. Yes, ever.
That in itself is an incredible achievement, but it’s even more incredible when you consider the fact that they’ve beaten two European heavyweights in Spain and Portugal to get there.
Can they beat another in France to make it to the final? We wouldn’t put anything past Achraf Hakimi and co. at this point.
They’re four years older, and yet still as good as ever.
Croatia lumbered through their round of 16 clash with Japan, but were fantastic against Brazil in the quarter finals taking the favourites all the way to a penalty shootout (which they won, obviously) thanks to Bruno Petkovic’s late equaliser.
Luka Modric leading his team to another semi-final is remarkable, and they will certainly fancy their chances against Argentina on Tuesday evening.
Right, first off let’s talk about that quarter-final vs. the Netherlands.
It was a true World Cup classic and will probably be the game that this tournament in Qatar is historically remembered for.
Argentina won said World Cup classic and now face Croatia in the semi-finals. If Lionel Messi continues his brilliant form, La Albiceleste may finally lift the trophy for the first time since 1986.
The holders, the team that bested England, the team that have the best footballer at the tournament.
France should be the favourites to win it all once again.
They are already the best holders since the Brazil team of 1994-1998 – although every other has been generally terrible – and they have proven winners still in the squad performing at a high level.
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