Pogba, Neymar, Coutinho one yellow card away from missing semifinal
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The World Cup quarterfinals get under way, but for some players an appearance in the semifinals could cruelly be taken away.
Yellow cards are only wiped after the quarterfinals, so it means that any player shown their second yellow of the tournament in the next match will be ruled out of a potential semi.
France have 4 players on one booking, including Pogba, right-back revelation Benjamin Pavard and striker Olivier Giroud. Uruguay, however, have only Rodrigo Bentancur.
The winners of the Belgium vs. Brazil tie could be without star names. Tournament favourites Brazil have 3 players on a yellow, notably Coutinho and Neymar, while the Red Devils have Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen among their 5 players on a booking.
England have 4 on a yellow, with Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Kyle Walker walking the tightrope. For Sweden, Viktor Claesson and Albin Ekdal could be forced out of a potential semifinal.
It's the 4th quarterfinal that has by far the most jeopardy, with 8 players from Croatia and 5 from Russia already having one caution to their names. Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic and Sime Vrsaljko would each be a serious loss or Croatia, while Russia would sweat over the availability of Aleksandr Golovin and Ilya Kutepov.
Any player sent off would also be ruled out of the next fixture.
Brazil will be without Casemiro against Belgium due to suspension, while Mikael Lustig misses out for Sweden.
Total yellow cards: 189
Total red cards: 4
Average yellow cards per match: 3.40
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