Brazil's Danilo out of World Cup with ankle ligament injury

Grant SmithJul 07, 2018

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The Croatia captain, widely respected by his fellow players for being a complete team man, took the penalty but his weak shot was blocked by Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel to send the match into a penalty shootout.

It's been a brilliant, dramatic tournament so far, and the last-eight looks likely to follow suit.

The federation said early Friday that tests confirmed the player will not be able to recover in time to play again during the tournament in Russia.

"Of course, we respect the generation of '98 very much because they achieved the greatest success for Croatian football and the Croatian national team", centre back Lovren told reporters.

Accolades have included a bison being named after Russia's top striker Artem Dzyuba and a new-born eagle after goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who saved two penalties against 2010 World Cup winners Spain in the previous round.

If I am right, then France will play Brazil in the semi-finals and England will play Croatia, which would not be too shabby a line-up.

"Uruguay have so many assets, so many qualities", said France coach Didier Deschamps.

"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against".

Croatia can equal what that 1998 team did if it beats Russian Federation on Saturday in the quarterfinals and perhaps finally rid itself of that 20-year shadow.

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.

But after a bright start from Tite's team, it was Belgium who looked the more unsafe, scoring through a Fernandinho own goal in the 13th minute and increasing their lead with a superb De Bruyne strike just after the half-hour.

England became the last team to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout as favourites Brazil and fancied France trained their sights on their last-eight opponents.

Or if they can't get past the home team, they will be the latest Croatia team to fall short.

Even Bank of England governor Mark Carney is getting swept up in the excitement, saying that if the Three Lions were to win the tournament for the first time since 1966, "it would be an unalloyed, unadulterated, absolute good".

Dzagoev hurt his hamstring during Russia's opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia and says he's also struggled with an old back problem.

"If I seem more relaxed, it´s because the players have put me in this position by playing better", said Tite.

England takes on Sweden in Samara at 3pm on Saturday, July 7.

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