Danilo ruled out for the rest of the World Cup

Danilo ruled out for the rest of the World Cup

Croatia clinched a playoff berth with a 2-0 win in Ukraine in their final group match, and then booked their spot in the World Cup with a 4-1 aggregate win over Greece in the playoffs.

If fans keep their fingers crossed and pray for a miracle, England may play in the final in Moscow on Sunday, July 15 at 4pm. However, a squad boasting the individual talent of Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku simply can not afford to give Brazil a head start in Kazan if they are to fulfil their dream.

They will have to be wary of attacking threats coming at them from every direction.

"But it doesn´t affect our chances against them".

"We are going to look them in the eye".

"We knew that everything was possible", he said Wednesday.

Belgium showed their perseverance in the round of 16 after overturning a 2-0 deficit against Japan to be the first team since West Germany in 1970 to win a knockout round game after trailing by two goals. Any result in this match - a win either side or draw - will be a very close one. "For me, there has to be another way".

It's what Croatia has done - or hasn't - in the four World Cups since that debut which has created the shadow this team plays under.

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Ther bad news for Brazil is that they have been knocked out of the World Cup by European sides in the last three editions. Hazard, for his part, captained Belgium as they overturned a 2-0 deficit against Japan, assisting the equalising goal.

There are clear frontrunners but as I said before, this World Cup continues to surprise everyone who is watching it.

When Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi embraced after France beat Argentina, it was as if Messi was passing the baton to the 19-year-old.

"This is the game we can judge Belgium on", said TSN soccer analyst Kristian Jack.

Zlatko Dalic's side take on Russian Federation in the last eight in Sochi on Saturday, looking to reach the semi-finals at the showpiece tournament for the first time since 1998.

Uruguay are crossing their fingers that prolific striker Edinson Cavani will recover from the calf injury he sustained in his impressive two-goal performance that ended the hopes of Cristiano Ronaldo´s Portugal. "Compared to before the tournament and the pressure we felt back then - it was much harder".

The Blues knocked out Argentina in the previous round in one of the most exciting matches at the World Cup, and although we don't expect to see seven goals in the upcoming tilt with Uruguay, France is a favorite at +100 to make it through to the semi-finals.

Diego Maradona has apologized to Federation Internationale de Football Association after soccer's governing body rebuked his comments criticizing American referee Mark Geiger*s work in England*s win over Colombia in the World Cup round of 16.

Croatia may be favored on paper in this match but something is telling us that Russia's stunning victory over Spain will propel them to even greater heights.

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