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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

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Russian Federation would match their best performance by reaching the semifinals for the 2nd time, after England 1966. The winners play July 7 for the right to go to the semifinals. Sweden will be tough, but England can't waste this chance, can they? England won their only World Cup title in 1966 while France won in Paris in 1998.

Andersson's men are aiming to reach the last four for the first time since 1994 when they finished third in the United States.

The technical group has further reported that in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 6.1 of every 10 goals came from open play. Stones, who impressed at the heart of defence against Colombia, is daring to dream but is wary of a supremely well-drilled Sweden side.

But since then, they have not had a single goal scored against them.

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins. While two authoritarian countries made it through the Group Stage in 2014, both were knocked out in the round of 16, leaving an all-democratic showing for the final eight. Brazil beat Mexico in the Round of 16 without problems, but they will face the biggest test so far when they take on Belgium.

After disappointing showings in the past two editions in South Africa and Brazil, England's progress to the quarterfinals has whipped the nation into a frenzy of optimism and fantasy.

Croatia was ousted in the group stage in 2002 and 2006, didn't qualify for 2010 in South Africa and was again dumped in the group stage in 2014 - albeit from a very hard group. And more interesting - all of them made it to the next round!

The Sun tabloid coined his save the "Hand of Jord", harking back to Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" incident in 1986, when the Argentine used his hand to put the ball into the net against England. But they are the lowest ranked team of the remaining eight in this tournament.

With perennial challengers Germany, Spain and Argentina all having exited a tournament that has thrown up a never-ending series of surprises, the draw has a distinctly unbalanced feel in terms of the talent weighing on either side. However, Croatia has performed much better than Spain had at this tournament.

The winners of this one will go on to face either Sweden or England in the semi-finals, but who will it be?

Zlatko Dalic s side showed in their comprehensive dismantling of Argentina during the group phase that they have no fear of the big names, and there is a strong case to say they are the best team left in their half of the draw.

"We have not got past the first knockout round since 2008 and It was very important for us to get past that". They've only given up one goal the entire tournament, and that was off of corner kick.

The midfield is seen as a key battleground on Saturday, with Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric regarded as one of the best exponents in the world.

Bosnian-born coach Zlatko Dalic, who played as a midfielder for many clubs in the former Yugoslavia and Croatia, was appointed at the most critical point of the team's turbulent qualifying campaign.

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