On the other end of the draw are powerhouses Brazil, Uruguay, France and Belgium, teams that have combined for eight World Cup championships. I for one think they can win the entire tournament. Both teams possess excellent goal scoring power, so we doubt that we see a low-affair goals game.
"Uruguay have so many assets, so many qualities", said France coach Didier Deschamps. Beginning with Argentina's exit against France in a seven-goal thriller, in which the lightning-quick French youngster Kylian Mbappe announced himself on the global stage.
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But after a bright start from Tite's team, it was Belgium who looked the more unsafe, scoring through a Fernandinho own goal in the 13th minute and increasing their lead with a superb De Bruyne strike just after the half-hour. Neymar and Firmino should terrorize a poor Belgian defense, but I'm still not sold Brazil will survive the weight of expectations as long as Belgium can match them score for score and at least force extra time. "Till the round of 16, England really didn't have much pressure on them and it's a young squad".
Having overcome Colombia on penalties in the last 16, England manager Gareth Southgate will probably feel his decision to field a second-string side against Belgium has been vindicated.
And on Saturday, England face their biggest match for a generation when they take on Sweden in Samara, before Russian Federation and Croatia go head to head in Sochi.
However, while Croatia needed penalties to beat Denmark in the last round, they have come to Sochi full of confidence.
AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home after reportedly refusing to come off the bench in Croatia s opening game against Nigeria. It was just odd - he got himself into positions where it did not seem like he wanted the ball. So far we have some draft ideas. They have the world's best centre-back, Diego Godin, in exceptional form.
We know what to expect from the hosts - although their win over Spain on penalties was one of the results of the tournament, they basically played anti-football to get it. Still, coach Zlatko Dalic will have considered what worked and what didn't in the first round of the knockout stages, too.
The CBF said that Danilo would not have the time to recover from the injury should Tite's side beat Belgium and advance to the semi-finals.
Fellow midfielder Yuri Zhirkov has been ruled out injured and is unlikely to feature again, unless the hosts make it to the final in Moscow on July 15, according to Cherchesov.
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