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World Cup 2018: Friday Live-Stream Schedule Details and Picks

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2018

TOPSHOT - France's forward Kylian Mbappe (L) celebrates past France's forward Antoine Griezmann after scoring their fourth goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 30, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The thrills are set to keep on coming at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as the quarter-finals begin on Friday.

Both matches should be ones to savour, too. In the first game of the day, France take on Uruguay after impressive wins in the first knockout stage. The second match sees two of the tournament's most potent attacks go head-to-head, with Brazil up against Belgium.

With the goals flowing in Russia, supporters will be hoping the last eight continue to take an enterprising approach to their football.

To ensure none of the action is missed, here are the broadcast details for both encounters and a preview of what's set to be pulsating day of football.

    

Friday Schedule

3 p.m. France vs. Uruguay

7 p.m. Brazil vs. Belgium

Matches can be streamed via Fox Sports Go  (U.S.) and BBC iPlayer (UK)

       

Preview

TOPSHOT - Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez and Uruguay's defender Diego Godin celebrate their win during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 30, 2018. - Uruguay sent Cristian
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The portion of the bracket that includes these four sides has long been noted as the most eye-catching in the tournament, and the result is two quarter-final showdowns between heavyweights of the world game.

There are clashes of style, too, most notably in the opening game of the day, when France face Uruguay. The former showed fluidity and incision in attack when they beat Argentina 4-3 on Saturday, whereas the latter's game plan is centred around defensive solidity.

The big battle many are looking forward to is whether Uruguay's rock-solid back line can cope with French tyro Kylian Mbappe, who produced one of the individual performances of the competition against Argentina. 

As noted below, his speed caused serious problems for La Albiceleste:

B/R Football @brfootball

Kylian Mbappe is just too fast ⚡ https://t.co/4XLPYQLdfl

Still, there's more to Uruguay than sitting back, as they have a devilish strike partnership in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Against Portugal on Saturday, the movement, aggression and application they showcased was outstanding, with Cavani eventually scoring two fine goals after good work from Suarez.

They will be confident of wreaking more havoc against a France defence that has been a little ropey at times.

Journalist Patrick Boyland praised their display:

Patrick Boyland @Paddy_Boyland

Thoroughly deserved for #URU. Godin dominant at the back; Suarez & Cavani so effective in leading the line. Thought Torreira also good in front of the back four. They’ll be such a tough obstacle for #FRA to overcome

Later in the day, there will be plenty of excitement about Belgium's showdown with Brazil, especially after the former's stunning 3-2 win against Japan in the round of 16.

The Red Devils appeared to be done at 2-0 down, before the introduction of Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli by manager Roberto Martinez inspired an incredible late fightback. The confidence they will take from a victory in that manner may well be key for Belgium.

The changes made by the manager had a telling impact, per Match of the Day:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

65th minute: Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini brought on with #JPN leading by two goals ➡ 74th minute: Fellaini scores the equaliser ⚽ 94th minute: Chadli scores the winner ⚽ The double substitution comes up trumps for Robert Martinez and #BEL https://t.co/3EWVNC2CIP

Still, it will be a completely different assignment against Brazil, especially as the Selecao seem to be making steady steps forward every time they play.

The 2-0 win over Mexico was an accomplished one, as Brazil weathered an early El Tri storm and exerted a vice-like grip on the game.

The fact Neymar, despite his histrionics, is also improving game-by-game will be an issue for Belgium, as the Paris Saint-Germain star has the tools to unpick their unsteady defensive shape.

          

Predictions: France 1-2 Uruguay, Brazil 3-1 Belgium

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