Semifinals set for FIFA World Cup

Drew McDonald, Sports Editor

World Cup brackets have been busted and sports fans are distraught on how these highly touted teams crumbled throughout the tournament.

The defending World Cup champion, Germany, was eliminated from the tournament by South Korea and spurred a flurry of upsets. The team with the most momentum coming into the semifinals is now France.

Les Bleus have defeated Argentina and Uruguay led by Forward Kylian Mbappe, who has scored three goals in the World Cup so far. Belgium upset Neymar and Brazil by winning 2-1 on Friday, setting them up for the semifinals.

The team that has flown under the radar throughout the tournament has been Croatia, who has quietly defeated Denmark and Russia. Both were decided in penalty kicks. England will be tasked to match up with Croatia, defeating Colombia and Switzerland to earn a spot in the semifinals.

The biggest match of the semifinals will be Belgium vs. France, and both teams have all-star caliber attackers: France with Mbappe, and Belgium with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. This will be somewhat of a grudge match, as France beat Belgium in the third-place match at the World Cup in 1986. After more than 30 years of that loss hanging over Belgium’s head, it should provide a high-quality match.

The semifinals start on Tuesday, July 10 at 2 p.m. with Belgium vs France and on Wednesday, July 11, with Croatia vs. England.

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