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Top scorers meet best defense in Brazil vs Belgium clash

Top scorers meet best defense in Brazil vs Belgium clash

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident his side can handle the atmosphere as they take on hosts Russian Federation for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

"This was special but I want us to go on", Southgate, whose penalty miss saw England lose to Germany in the Euro 96 semi-finals at Wembley, said. "At least I hope we can".

"What is important in football is that you have a style where players can take it to the elite level", he said.

"I remember in Moehlin in Switzerland, my home town, we were all insane, we rooted, we wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are", Rakitic, who had dual citizenship but opted to play for Croatia, recalled. It's our final. We scored a lot in the group stage and against Japan.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has invited the Thai boys' football team trapped in a cave to the World Cup final as messages of support poured in from top players.

Since beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final, the five-time victor has been eliminated by European sides in the three subsequent competitions.

"We have been preparing for months, for weeks to play matches like that", said France coach Didier Deschamps. "The players that they have ... both teams deserve to be facing each other a little further in, in this tournament and not in the quarter-final". They will have chances.

"Nature creates different whimsical shapes, but it's the first time that we came across a diamond looking just like a soccer ball", the group said in a statement.

Ferdinand's views were quickly echoed by fellow pundit Alan Shearer, who suggested the Manchester United man was close to the ideal centre-forward performance.

Brazil forward Neymar has had 24 shots in Russian Federation, more than anyone else at the tournament.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the stoppages caused by Neymar's antics stalled his team during their 2-0 last-16 loss to Brazil, claiming the Paris Saint-Germain forward's reaction to Miguel Layun stepping on his leg was a "shame for football".

"I think Neymar in the future will be the best in the world and I'm happy to be playing against him for the second time". All he needs is the goal and you've got the ideal centre forward performance'.