France have not been beaten by a South American opponent at the World Cup since losing to hosts Argentina in 1978. They have won 5 and drawn 4 since then.
Brazil are on a run of 3 consecutive wins and 310 minutes without conceding a goal in the current tournament
Back in the USSR
The last time Russia were in the quarter-finals was as the Soviet Union in 1970. They were defeated by Uruguay.
For the 3rd time in their 5 World Cups, Croatia will meet the host team. They lost the previous 2: the 1998 semi-final against France and the Opening Match in 2014 versus Brazil.
Drawing Swedish stalemates
The Swedes have played the English twice before in the FIFA World Cup, and both matches ended in draws (1-1 in 2002 and 2-2 in 2006). Interestingly, Swede Sven Goran Eriksson was coaching England on both occasions.
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