FIFA World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba, Coutinho, Neymar booking away from missing semifinals

The bookings are wiped out at the end of the quarterfinals to not take away a player's dream of playing in a World Cup final unless its a red card.

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2018 4:56:29 pm
FIFA World Cup 2018 Referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan, right shows a yellow card to France’s Paul Pogba. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

FIFA World Cup 2018 action resumes with the quarterfinals on Friday with Uruguay taking on France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium and Brazil facing Belgium at the Kazan Arena. But away from their hopes of making the semifinals and taking one step forward in clinching the all-important trophy, disciplinary troubles will come in the way.

Three players are already missing from the quarterfinals due to a collection of yellow cards – Blaise Matuidi (France), Casemiro (Brazil) and Mikael Lustig (Sweden). All three players have picked up two bookings in the tournament and have thus been suspended from their quarterfinal appearances. Matuidi picked up a booking against Peru and then Argentina; Casemiro against Switzerland and Mexico; and Lustig against Sweden and Switzerland. The cards are wiped out at the end of the quarterfinals to not take away a player’s dream of playing in a World Cup final unless its a red card.

Other players who are a booking away from playing the semifinals – should their respective team make it – are:

France: Olivier Giroud, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso, Paul Pogba

Uruguay: Rodrigo Bentacur

Brazil: Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Filipe Luis

Belgium: Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen, Youri Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne, Leander Dendoncker

Sweden: Albin Ekdal, Viktor Claesson

England: Kyle Walker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson

Russia: Aleksandr Golovin, Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Ilya Kutepov, Fyodor Smolov

Croatia: Marcelo Brozović, Vedran Ćorluka, Tin Jedvaj, Mario Mandžukić, Marko Pjaca, Ivan Rakitić, Ante Rebić, Šime Vrsaljko

Quarterfinal lineup:

Uruguay vs France (July 6)

Brazil vs Belgium (July 6)

Sweden vs England (July 7)

Russia vs Croatia (July 7)

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