De Bruyne, Griezmann & the best team of the World Cup quarter-finals

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With the Russia 2018 semi-finals now set, Goal's editors have put together the best XI performers from the quarter-final round

  1. #1 Thibaut Courtois | GK | Belgium

    The Chelsea shot-stopper was on top form against Brazil, coming up with several top saves including a diving stop to deny Neymar as his side held on to a 2-1 victory and earned a spot against France in the semi-finals. 
  2. #2 Harry Maguire | CB | England

    Always a force in aerial duels, the 25-year-old came up with his first goal for England in a quarter-final win over Sweden, using his head to power home from a corner and put the Three Lions 1-0 in front. The Leicester City man was also very strong at the back and proved to be a calming influence when on the ball. 
  3. #3 Raphael Varane | CB | France

    The 25-year-old put France into the lead against Uruguay with a brilliant flicked header to the back post, and they never looked back in a 2-0 win, with Varane doing his part to keep the Luis Suarez and company quite on the night. 

  4. #4 Domagoj Vida | CB | Croatia

    The 29-year-old had a moment he'll likely never forget with his winner against Russia, a headed effort from a corner that, with a bit of good fortune, found its way into the corner of the goal in the 101st minute. He also calmly slotted home from the spot in the shootout as his side moved into the semi-finals. 
  5. #5 Kieran Trippier | RM | England

    A tireless shift on the right wing from the 27-year-old, who got forward well while doing his part to protect the flank. But it's Trippier's delivery from set pieces that really sets him apart, with his pin-point accuracy creating a number of dangerous moments for the Three Lions in their 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden. 
  6. #6 Jordan Henderson | CM | England

    The rock in the middle of the pitch for England, Henderson did his work on both ends. His pressure in the middle of the park created several turnovers in play as he helped protect the three-man back line, and his calm and confident passing set the tempo for Gareth Southgate's men going forward. 
  7. #7 N’Golo Kante | CM | France

    The steady presence in the middle for France, Chelsea man Kante continued his fine World Cup with another outstanding performance against Uruguay, who found little space to work in the middle of the park thanks to the 27-year-old's work-rate. 
  8. #8 Denis Cheryshev | LM | Russia

    The 27-year-old came up with the strike of the round, netting a stunner to put the host nation 1-0 to the good against Croatia in their quarter-final tie, but it wouldn't be enough as the hosts fell in shootout.
  9. #9 Antoine Griezmann | FW | France

    A goal and an assist for France earned Griezmann a spot on the team of the quarter-final, with his free kick setting up Varane's strike before a swerving shot, and a bit of good fortune, put Les Bleus two goals up in their 2-0 victory. 
  10. #10 Kevin De Bruyne | FW | Belgium

    The Manchester City star was clearly up for the match against Brazil and it was his strike from just outside the penalty area that gave Belgium a two-goal lead in what proved to be a 2-1 quarter-final win. 
  11. #11 Romelu Lukaku | FW | Belgium

    The forward was a force to be reckoned with against Brazil, unsettling the Selecao's back line with his powerful runs and his dominant presence in and around the box. Lukaku assisted De Bruyne's winner with a darting run forward and inch-perfect pass to put Belgium two goals ahead.