Written off as no-hopers before the tournament, Russian Federation are now within reach of their first World Cup semi-final since 1966.
Sweden supporters celebrate after their team won the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. And with that in mind, we ran a snazzy little poll over the past three days.
It was the same story two years ago, when he was goalless at the European Championship in France, Ibrahimovic's last tournament before he retired from worldwide soccer, as Sweden was eliminated after the group stage. Perhaps it was the clouds of doubt hovering over whether or not hitman Edinson Cavani would be fit enough to play that tipped the scales.
Sweden and England will meet at the Cosmos Arena in Samara before hosts Russian Federation and Croatia play each other at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. That said, wisdom isn't always conventional and convention isn't always wise, or something like that.
England have had the most possession in three of their matches - the exception coming against Belgium - while Sweden have conceded a massive amount of possession in all their games apart from their opener against South Korea.
Manchester United star Victor Lindelof has warned Gareth Southgate's England that Sweden are a nation to be taken seriously ahead of their World Cup clash.
It is here that the habitual battle between football's two dominant continents, who have produced all previous World Cup winners, will take place.
"Football is very different now and this is not the England I grew up with, but they still have that fighting spirit", added Andersson.
Having started the competition with 32 countries in contention, the number was whittled down to 16 for the exciting knockout section, and now we are into the quarter finals. The first two matches of the 2018 quarterfinals are set to begin with the first four. A nigh-on-inconceivable win over Spain (in the Round of 16) later, momentum is firmly with Igor Akinfeev and comrades. Uruguay, the unlikely qualifiers who beat Portugal to make it here, against France, a team that looks like it could easily win the entire championship. "It's true that Gimenez and Godin know Antoine but Antoine knows them also".
Krylya Sovetov, Samara's local team, has seen the leader of their far right ultras group T.O.Y.S. given a six-and-a-half year suspended sentence in November.