Four nations remain in contention in Russia, all European, with a legitimate shot at lifting the trophy in Moscow on July 15.
Pre-tournament FIFA, a 3rd ranked Belgium will take on a 7th placed France this Wednesday July 11.
France followed up a thrilling victory over Argentina in the round of 16 with their most convincing outing of the World Cup with Friday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay.
And while Friday wasn’t Brazil’s day, Belgium shouldn’t expect the same rust from France.
Pre-tournament FIFA, a 12th ranked England takes on 20th placed Croatia this Thursday July 12.
After the tension of penalty-shootout win over Colombia, Saturday’s convincing victory against Sweden was drama-less for an England team.
This new edition of England has shown a composure and calmness that’s been key to its success so far and will surely be tested this Thursday.
Meanwhile Croatia advances to its first World Cup semifinal since 1998 after playing 120 minutes in each of the last two matches, then enduring a pair of emotionally charged penalties.