Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles

#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles

However, the Brazil coach has confirmed that in addition to Jesus, Fernandinho will start for the first time at the World Cup when Brazil meet Belgium in tomorrow's quarter-final clash.

England had never won a penalty shootout at the World Cup before Tuesday and Eriksson believes overcoming that barrier will prove to be a big boost in the latter stages of the tournament.

Brazilian soccer great Neymar is taking a lot of flak for one of the less appealing aspects of his style of play: his tendency to "thrash around like a harpooned dolphin", as Piers Morgan puts it, every time he makes contact with an opposing player.

So often the man to save Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't work his magic on Saturday against Uruguay, as they bowed out of the tournament.

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At odds north of 100-1 before the World Cup commenced, the Swedes emerged as the top team in Group F despite their 2-1 loss to Germany.

The Russian national team has a chance for the first time in half a century to get to the semi-final of the World Cup. And perhaps they are getting Belgium at the flawless time after their exhausting desperation match with Japan. But when you anger former England skipper that much that he rants: 'It was absolutely pathetic when he is rolling around pretending to be in agony.

"I find it disappointing for a player that I expected a lot more from", Hislop said.

But it turns out that even while out in Russian Federation, the players are using some of their time off from matches, travelling and training to sit down at their PC setups and get some matches in. If Spartak Moscow midfielder Zobnin can keep him as quiet as he kept Andres Iniesta when Russian Federation defeated Spain, the hosts might pull off another shock result.

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Earlier in the day on BBC One, the afternoon match between Sweden v Switzerland saw an average audience of 3.1 million.

Uruguay's success has been built on a solid defence led by Atletico Madrid pair Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, with the old-fashioned strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani doing the damage at the other end with five goals between them.

Later on Saturday, host nation Russian Federation looks to clinch their first-ever semifinal berth when they take on Croatia as +285 underdogs.

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