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FIFA World Cup 2018: Predicting the Quarter Finalists of the Competition

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705   //    29 Jun 2018, 17:25 IST

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FIFA World Cup has begun and the group stage matches are done and dusted. The fans have got an idea of how strong their favourite team is and they would have a fair idea of where their team could reach.

This World Cup promised to be one of the most open tournaments and the group stages have lived up to the expectations. There have been a number of upsets with some of the favourites losing or drawing their first match.

Predicting the quarterfinalists in this competition will be a difficult proposition but this article tries to do that after looking into the draws that the teams have, the strengths that they possess and the way the team has bonded and performed on the field in the World Cup so far.

Portugal

Portugal had a brilliant start to its competition with a draw against Spain in their opening fixture. Though the fixture looked more like a Spain vs Cristiano Ronaldo match the result that the team has managed would do a world of good to their confidence.

Portugal began its World Cup campaign with a brilliant draw against Spain but their performance was below par in both their remaining matches. While Portugal comfortably defeated Morocco in its second game, the Euro champions were given a run for their money in the match against Iran.

Portugal has been lacklustre in the Group matches and has finished just behind Spain in their group. While it might have struggled, the team still possesses enough quality to win against Uruguay.

Uruguay and Portugal are similar kinds of teams in the sense that both of them rely on a single player to bail them out in tough situations. Uruguay vs Portugal match might well be a Suarez vs Ronaldo match and with the class and form that Ronaldo possesses one can reasonably expect him to defeat Uruguay in the Round of 16 match.

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