60-year curse lives on as France, Belgium win quarters

The 2018 World Cup is now a strictly European affair following quarter-final victories for France and Belgium earlier this morning.

The pair will meet in the first semi-final on Wednesday after Les Bleus proved too strong for Uruguay, while Belgium shocked tournament favourites Brazil.

The departure of both the inaugural champions and five-time tournament winners leaves an all-European line up remaining in Russia to contend for the 2018 crown.

Moreover, it prolongs a six-decade long curse for South American sides, who have failed to win a World Cup on European soil since 1958.

The day of quarter-final action started at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, where 1998 Champions France proved too strong for Uruguay.

Didier Deschamps' side ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of Raphaël Varane’s sublime first half header and a horrible goalkeeping error from Fernando Muslera, who allowed a speculative effort from Antoine Griezmann straight through him early in the second.

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