Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Russia Tops Spain; Brazil Favorites; England In PKs?

Russia Tops Spain; Brazil Favorites; England In PKs?

"This was special but I want us to go on", said Southgate, whose own penalty miss saw England lose to Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 96 at Wembley. England won their only World Cup title in 1966 while France won in Paris in 1998.

Russian Federation have reached their first-ever World Cup quarter-finals since the break-up of the Soviet Union and will face Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Sunday. It was a real battle for the home team and defending for majority of the game without the ball at their feet just goes on to show their mental toughness.

Manchester City will also ponder the severity of Danilo's injury and whether it will have any impact on their season, with one month remaining until their Premier League season starts against Arsenal on August 11.

Affectionately known as the Golden Eagles, Russia advanced to the Round of 16 where they faced Spain after finishing second in their group having registered two wins and one defeat against Uruguay. 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.

Brazil had the easier route to the final eight when they easily got past a Mexico side which offered little to no threat by a 2-0 margin.

"We understood that. With the Croats we should play using our strong points, dictating our play".

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This has been an incredible World Cup and the round of 16 did not disappoint with drama and surprises. The Europeans scored two goals in quick succession before Nacer Chadli sealed the deal with the final kick of a game which looked destined for extra time and a possible penalty shoot-out, to give Belgium the 3-2 victory.

Sweden's key player Andreas Granqvist has been influential for his nation and has ensured that the team keeps three clean sheets in the tournament. Should he be able to get his team back to the standards it upheld in the group stage - which Croatia cruised through with three wins and a goal difference of six - Russia's unlikely run should come to an end.

Saturday is one step closer to seeing who is the best football team on the planet earth.

Rebic called the team's captain and midfielder Luka Mudric the best Croatian player.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

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