Russia 2018: What to expect in semi finals
As the chase for the ultimate prize intensifies with the conclusion of the Round of 16 matches, all of my predictions came through with the exception of the Spain vs Russia game which ended up in a penalty shootout that sent Spain back home.
The Belgium vs Japan game would have been the greatest shock of the world cup as the Japanese led with 2 goals before the come back by Belgium, as they scored 3 goals with the last goal coming in the 94th minute of extra time.
What a come back which is the greatest come back in 52 years and this shows the character and will power of the Belgian team.
THE QUARTER FINAL
As the quarter final matches are played, every team playing at this stage is capable of lifting the trophy.
There has not been an easy ride for any team playing in the quarter final.
Brazil vs Belgium.
Both teams parade some of the best foot ballers in the world and this game is expected to be explosive with goals.
The Brazilians have improved game after game and I see them getting better.
The Belgians are no pushover and we are set to watch great attacking football and the defence of the team that holds on tight will carry the day and this is where the Samba boys have an edge as they have conceded only a goal while the Belgians have conceded 4.
No matter what happens Brazil goes through all the way to the final to lift the trophy.
Uruguay vs France.
South America versus Europe.
Uruguay has all it takes to win this game but with the doubt about the availability of Cavani who is their key player will definitely determine how they play.
The French are also capable of winning this game with the crop of players they have and kid wonder Mbappe leading the attack we are sure of watching good attacking football.
A very close call to make.
Russia VS Croatia.
I didn’t see Russia getting past Spain but they did it and deserve a quarter final slot.
Croatia kept their head to win against Denmark in the penalty shootout even after Modric lost the penalty kick that would have won them the game in extra time with just 4 minutes to go.
This will be the final game for Russia as Croatia will go through.
Swede VS England.
As predicted the Swedes qualified over Switzerland and the English had to qualify through a penalty shoot out by defeating the Columbians.
The English team is a decent one with little experience which can be to the advantage of the Swedes but the English should go through.
Russia 2018 has been a tournament of upsets and last minute goals which has added to the excitement of the World Cup.
Brazil,Croatia, France and England for the Semis.
The column, SoccerGist With The Billionaire, is a weekly opinion by the veteran sport reporter, Segun Onwuka, covering all professional sporting events.