Every game played at the World Cup so far has seen more than enough drama. Most fans will agree that it has been all they signed up for… and even much more.
From the first game to the just-concluded round of 16 games, the twists and turns have left the World Cup too hard to call for even the best speculators in the game. Surprise results have been the order of the day. Shocking score-lines have been more rampant than expected.
But that’s what the greatest show is all about. As the show moves on from the round of 16 to the quarter-finals, it’s about to get even tougher for the remaining eight teams.
As we look forward to the different clashes, here are the players to look out for; the players on whose shoulders their team’s qualification will heavily rely on:
The star-studded French side has done well enough for themselves so far in the tournament. Their 4-3 win over the Argentines proved once again how deadly they could be, especially when they play together.
When they play against Uruguay in the quarter-final, they will be counting on a number of players, including the youngster, Kylian Mbappe. He was in sensational form against Argentina, as he ran the defense ragged with his speed and trickery. He has already scored 3 goals and will be looking to add to his tally.
The Tottenham striker has been the main force of the English team. His 6 goals (in three appearances) scored so far in the tournament has helped England progress to the quarter-finals. Up next for the England captain is the clash with another European side in Sweden.
With four goals, he’s the second-joint highest goal scorer of the tournament. He may not have scored in Belgium’s 3-2 win over Japan but he remains a pivotal part of the Belgian squad.
Although Martinez has names like Eden Hazard, Fellaini and co. to count on, they will be looking to Romelu Lukaku to get the goals for them when they take on Brazil in the quarter-finals.
He may have only scored two goals but the Brazilian who seems to be a late bloomer at the finals is gradually picking up speed after scoring against Mexico.
Brazil will be depending on his flair to break down the Belgian defense when they take on each other in the quarter-finals.
The big man who spear-heads Russia’s attack may not be the fastest Russian on the team but he sure does know how to use his frame to his advantage.
He has scored three goals for himself (same as Denis Cheryshev) as Russia’s fairytale run continues. The likes of Golovin will be hoping he will be able to convert more of the chances he creates for him.
The Uruguayan seems to be flourishing well in his position of playing off Luis Suarez. Two goals against Portugal has helped the PSG man to three goals in the tournament. He will now have his sights set on closing the gap between himself and Harry Kane who tops the goal-scorers’ charts.
Which of these names do you think will score for their respective teams when the quarter final starts on Friday? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts with us.