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Quick Reads

France and Belgium made it through the first two World Cup quarter finals at the expense of Uruguay and Brazil.

Roberto Martinez’s side looked excellent in their victory over the Brazilian side, while France’s victory over Uruguay was significantly helped by a goalkeeping howler.

We’ve rounded up the best of the action from the first quarter final day, as tensions also built ahead of England’s huge match against Sweden.

Thibaut Courtois

He’s talked a lot throughout this World Cup, but Courtois put his words into action with this spectacular save late in Belgium’s 2-1 win over Brazil.

Kevin De Bruyne

And this is an equally brilliant goal.


That win now means Belgium are 24 matches unbeaten, and have scored 78 goals in the process.


For the first time ever, none of Germany, Argentina or Brazil will line up in the semi-finals at a World Cup.

European stronghold

And for the fifth time ever, it’s all European sides in the semis.

Pepe Reina

The former Liverpool goalkeeper was not happy after seeing Antoine Griezmann’s shot sneak past Fernando Muslera, saying in this tweet “for us goalkeepers, it would be easier to ‘guess’ the trajectory”.

Fist bumps

No more shaking hands for the England team, who have been banned from doing so on medical advice. Fist bumps look cooler anyway.

David Beckham

When the great man says it.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

And Becks even has a bet on with Zlatan now.

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