Russian Federation and Croatia look to emulate group stage mindset

Russian Federation and Croatia look to emulate group stage mindset

Russian Federation and Croatia look to emulate group stage mindset

Croatia captain and inspirational midfielder, Luka Modric is looking for his side to take a further step towards success when they play hosts Russian Federation for a place in the last four of the World Cup on Saturday.

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"If you let France have space it will be very hard", Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez said.

Europe and South America will do battle again for football supremacy in the World Cup quarterfinals, but with numerous usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist. "Even before the beginning of the tournament we all understood that we could reach the final, we seriously counted on this and see this as the real state of things for us now". Leonardo says 2-1 to his countrymen, and ESPN Deportes' Mauricio Pedroza is the only pundit to go for Belgium. Challenging game to predict. France is more experienced at big games, but Uruguay has had a notable tournament. A strong team is coming and we will keep all the gate receipts from the clash.

Steen: Pressure is on both these teams for a different reason. "In every World Cup, we expect some upsets and this edition has no dearth of that", states 23-year-old footballer Michael Soosai Raj.

The way the draw has opened up for England is a massive carrot for them, and I think they will continue their progress.

With players such as world-class midfielder Luka Modric and a string of top-level forwards including Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic, Zlatko Dalic's team scored at least two goals in each of their three group matches, including firing three past hapless Argentina.

Four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is keeping July 15 free in his diary in case England reaches the World Cup final.

"Playing for my team is a great honour and a pleasure, but to win the World Cup with Croatia is nearly unthinkable, like the most lovely fairy tale!"

England's victory against Colombia takes Gareth Southgate's team into what looks like a winnable match against Sweden, who edged out Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday. Although Senegal seemed set to progress to the Round of 16, a 1-0 loss to Colombia saw them slip from first to third, behind a Japanese outfit that progressed with equal goals scored and points achieved, but progressing on "fair play"; the Japanese having received less cards (4) than Senegal (7) up until that point.

Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting strain on water supplies.

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