A World Cup that has delivered its fair share of shocks and upsets continued that trend in the Round of 16, particularly the ousting of favourites Spain by outliers Russian Federation.
Had results in qualifying, the playoffs and the group stage gone another way, it might be any one of that illustrious trio preparing to face Colombia or England in the last eight on Saturday.
"There is no doubt that Neymar takes more than his fair share of punishment as he is clearly the player being targeted".
"I find it disappointing for a player that I expected a lot more from", Hislop said. Neymar was accused of similar behavior in Brazil's games earlier in the tournament.
Brazil were very comfortable in beating Mexico last time out, once again creating plenty of chances (xG: BRA 2.74 - 0.66 MEX), as they continue to improve with each match.
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The debate got heated during the recent World Cup, when Messi scored his first goal against Nigeria on June 27, which sent Arsen into a mood for celebration. The Swedes' defensive organization has impressed and they've found holes on the counterattack to make their mark.
Steen: Pressure is on both these teams for a different reason.
"When you look at the teams who have won the World Cup you realise there is always a big goalkeeper in goal". We'll take a flier on an underdog that keeps on cashing with Sweden defeating England in an upset!
Saturday looks set to be the end of the road for Russian Federation after their unexpected run to the last eight.
Before we move on to the quarter-finals - Uruguay vs France, Brazil vs Belgium, Sweden vs England and Russian Federation vs Croatia - let's look back at some of the memorable moments, shocking statistics and hilarious memes from the Round of 16. Still, coach Zlatko Dalic will have considered what worked and what didn't in the first round of the knockout stages, too. "It's very hard to come back the way he's done".