Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

The 25-year-old picked up an ankle injury on the eve of Brazil's World Cup campaign following a clash with Casemiro during training at Tottenham's base, ensuring the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder failed to make an appearance in any of their five games in Russian Federation.

Thanks to a recent study, we now know exactly how much time he's spent on the ground during the 2018 World Cup: a whopping 14 minutes. Argentina was humiliated in the first round by Croatia, which is the reason they faced France in quarterfinals leading to their early exit.

His theatrical displays were the main talking point a number of times - particularly when his side knocked Mexico out of the last 16. But the 2018 World Cup has seen a record number of goals off set pieces (68), a record number of penalties awarded (28) and a record number of own goals (11).

There has also been the rise of new strong teams in the case of Belgium. Here's the unofficial count for Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium.

Well, it is not that improbable.

Belgium meet France in the semis in St Petersburg on Tuesday with the Red Devils tantalisingly close now to fulfilling their potential after previously under-achieving with a talent-laden squad.

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The record audience watched as Iceland left with a draw against Argentina, one of the favorites of the World Cup. The company said it was "aware" of the incident and congratulated England on its win.

Keys to victory: Eden Hazard has lived up to his billing this world cup and has been the spark which has driven the Belgian attack. "We can't give him any space either, so it is going to take a collective effort". And on that basis, the golazos so far at the 2018 World Cup are certainly up there with those at any previous tournament.

For Didier Deschamps Les Bleus side the time is now for their star-studded roster to show what they are truly capable of after a run of less than thrilling performances on the way to the semi-finals.

Regarding the issue of favourites, France defender Raphael Varane gave his opinion that there are no sure favourites to win the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Argentina in 1990 had been the last team to win consecutive World Cup shootouts.

So what are the odds that can happen?

Having said that, he may well have got some eggs and stones pelted at him judging by footage of some fans giving the official team bus a different kind of welcome. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals".

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