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Sport Then there were eight: England round out quarter-final draw as second favourites

07:08  04 july  2018
07:08  04 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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LoadingPlaying in 5 The measured effort from a side that had previously failed to win a single World Cup shootout puts England through to the final eight as second CRISTIANO RONALDO was just going out for tea and this happened - Продолжительность: 4:11 Cristiano Ronaldo - ROC Live

The measured effort from a side that had previously failed to win a single World Cup shootout puts England through to the final eight as second favourites - in a tournament they haven't won since the most famous of World Cup quarter - final coverage (AEST): Uruguay v France - Friday, July 6, 11pm.

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England left it until the very end, but became the last of eight teams to enter the World Cup quarter-finals with their hoodoo-breaking penalty shootout win over Colombia on Wednesday morning.

The measured effort from a side that had previously failed to win a single World Cup shootout puts England through to the final eight as second favourites - in a tournament they haven't won since the most famous of English footballing years: 1966.

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A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round , until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion.

England 's penalty shootout win not only moved Gareth Southgate's men into the quarter - finals , it also propelled them to second favourites to win the tournament. England left it until the very end, but became the last of eight teams to enter the World Cup quarter - finals with their

Brazil remain the golden (or canary yellow) choice if one had to settle on a winner at this stage, but nothing is guaranteed in a tournament that saw defending champions Germany fall in the group stage and the likes of Spain, Argentina and Portugal out before the quarter-finals.

England players celebrate. © Reuters/John Sibley England players celebrate. Belgium have the onerous task of taking on the five-time winners for a semi-final berth, in which the victor will meet either Uruguay or France.

Both of the latter nations have raised the World Cup trophy at least once; France most recently in 1998. Uruguay have two titles, including in the inaugural tournament in 1930, with a second title in 1950 no more relevant to their chances this year.

Hosts Russia remain on the other side of the draw as one of the surprise packages of 2018 and have delivered on the pitch with as much vigour as the nation has off it. The world has generally credited the tournament as a success and there is no doubt the Kremlin will be pleased with how well its side has backed up its hard work.

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The England national football team has competed at the FIFA World Cup since 1950. The FIFA World Cup is the premier competitive international football tournament, first played in 1930, whose finals stage has been held every four years since, except 1942 and 1946, due to the Second World War.

Russia take on Croatia for the chance to play either Sweden or England in a semi-final. Croatia scraped through against Denmark on penalties and will need to refill on confidence before taking on the home nation.

Which brings us full circle to England who, as previously mentioned, will face Sweden.

The Swedes maintain the most recent bragging rights as far back as a 2012 friendly (4-2), though, despite an English victory in the two sides' most recent competitive fixture (3-2 in Euro 2012), they have drawn all four of their previous World Cup meetings.

But, as we already know, there are no draws at this late stage in the competition - and the English have already rid themselves of their penalty curse.

World Cup quarter-final fixtures (AEST):

Uruguay v France - Saturday, July 7, midnight.

Brazil v Belgium - Saturday July 7, 3am.

Sweden v England - Sunday July 8, midnight.

Russia v Coratia - Sunday July 8, 3am.

World Cup: England tipped by Australians to win tournament ahead of Belgium, France and Croatia .
Maybe it was the memes, or Gareth Southgate's canny management, or maybe some people just want to watch the world burn, but it looks like Australians are barracking for England to win the World Cup. Having reached the semi-finals stage of the showpiece event in Russia, ABC asked its readers who they hoped would win the World Cup — and by some distance, they've opted for the Three Lions to end 52 years of hurt.England comes in with 40.3 per cent of the vote — the majority among the four teams — ahead of Belgium's 28.67 per cent, Croatia at 19.32 per cent and France's 11.71 per cent.

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