World Cup quarterfinals exclusive to Europe, South America

MOSCOW --- So much for this being a "World" Cup. The quarterfinals are all-European and South American for the first time since 2006. Mexico said adios with a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the round of 16 on Tuesday and Japan sayonara when it wasted a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat to Belgium, ending the hopes of North America and Asia. Africa and Central America didn't make it past the group phase. Oceania and the Caribbean couldn't even earn an invite. For 47 consecutive months, experts proclaim emerging soccer nations are catching up with the traditional powers. Then the World Cup pitches its big tent and the European and South American nations knock all others to the cur...

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