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World Cup 2018: Day 23 at The Busby Babe

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Pogba and Lukaku are in action in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Belgium v Japan: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

It’s World Cup quarterfinal time! The eight remaining teams in the tournament are each two wins away from the final. One side of the bracket seems to present a more straightforward path to the final (it’s not the side that’s in action today), but very little has been predictable about this World Cup so far.

At least 3 of the 4 teams involved can consider themselves among the favorites to win it all, so we’re expecting these first pair of quarterfinals to be just as batshit as the tournament has been to this point.

Uruguay vs. France

Time: 18:00 in Nizhniy Novgorod, which gives you 15:00 in the UK, 10:00 on the east coast of the USA, and 07:00 over on the west. Rise and shine!

How to watch: You’ll need BBC One in the UK, and Fox Sports 1 or Telemundo in the USA. Everybody else, click.

How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Telemundo’s stream in the USA.

Brazil vs. Belgium

Time: 21:00 in Kazan, 19:00 in the UK, 14:00 on the east coast, and 11:00 over on the west.

How to watch: Stick with BBC One in the UK, same with Telemundo or Fox Sports 1 in the USA, and click for all the international info.

How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Telemundo’s stream in the USA.

Manchester United points of interest

In the earlier quarterfinal, Paul Pogba and France are up against the premier shithouses of Uruguay. France recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the last round, but what was lost in the excitement of the victory is that France somehow managed to concede 3 goals to a fairly rancid Argentina team. Pogba has been in good form this summer, but will miss the presence of one of his regular midfield partners, as Blaise Maituidi is suspended. Pogba himself is one yellow card away from suspension for the semi-final, so he’ll need to be on his best behavior.

In the second match of the day, Romelu Lukaku will hope to lead Belgium past Brazil. Lukaku is one of the leaders of Belgium’s team, and his brilliant run and dummy was instrumental in Belgium’s injury time winner against Japan. Marouane Fellaini came off the bench to score in that game, and will likely be involved again if Roberto Martinez needs to a change from the bench. Fred is yet to see the field this summer for Brazil, but who knows? Maybe we’ll finally get a glimpse of our new signing.

This will be our live thread for the day, so stick around and chat with us.