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World Cup Now Down To The Final Four
Ranking 2018 World Cup final matchups between Belgium, France, England, Croatia (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 383)
Jul 9, 2018 Sports
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Russia's unexpected World Cup run ended on penalties after a thrilling quarterfinal against Croatia on Saturday, and the hosts left the stage having earned the admiration of fans both home and abroad for their spirit.

So we are just days away from knowing who will play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Moscow, Russia. The semifinals are on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the remaining four teams battling for the opportunity to win the most coveted trophy in the sport.

4. France vs. Croatia
There would be enough blue and red in the crowd to give you a headache, aesthetically speaking. This would be a nice matchup between two teams with different styles of play, but it's safe to say it's the least exciting of the potential matchups, even though every World Cup final is must-see TV.

3. Belgium vs. Croatia
You may think this matchup should be fourth because Belgium and Croatia aren't synonymous with World Cup titles. Neither country has ever won the World Cup, but that is exactly what makes it an awesome matchup. How great would it be to see a first-ever winner, just like with Spain in 2010?

2. Belgium vs. England
This would be such an interesting matchup when it comes to the tactics. In all, Belgium has 12 Premier League players on their squad, while every English player plays in its domestic league. So much familiarity there, and it would be interesting to see how pre-match planning goes as a result. It's likely England would play more defensive and potentially move away from the three at the back of have the outside midfielders to sit a bit back. These England players know just how good the Belgian players are and it would show in how they line up.

1. France vs. England
This is a dream matchup, especially if you want two traditional powerhouses chasing a title. Both nations have one Would Cup and they could earn their second. It's not quite England vs. Germany, but France vs. England is always special. These teams have met 31 times, dating all the way back to 1923. This would be a game loaded with stars, but there's no doubt France, because it has a stronger squad on paper, would be viewed as the favourites.

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concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty


adj.审美

dif-fer-rent

not the same


adj.不同

do-mes-tic

inside a country, tame, not wild


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doubt

not sure or certain


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ex-pec-ted

something seen as likely to happen


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well known for a long time


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fa-vour-ite

most liked


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host

to hold or organise


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hosts

people or groups that hold an event


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sheets or thickness of material


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league

placed in order by level or worth


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match

to be the same as something else


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possible to do something, a chance


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punishment for breaking a rule or law

 


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spe-cial

better or greater than usual


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stage

a raised floor in a theatre for plays or a speaker


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something done for a long time


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not thought likely to happen


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