Can England go one step further? Lawro's World Cup predictions

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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.

"It's quite simple, getting a daughter is the most lovely thing you can get as a human being and for a footballer, it's a dream to play in the quarterfinal of the World Cup, so I am just trying to enjoy the moment", Granqvist said in a press conference on Thursday.

Two days without any World Cup matches feels like an eternity.

It's estimated that the average cost of winning the World Cup will be just under £150,000 when you factor in travel for each game around Russian Federation, accommodation and 3 meals a day for each player/staff members.

Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told President Vladimir Putin that visitors to the World Cup had fallen "in love with Russia", during a meeting Friday at the Kremlin.

The match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will be the only quarter-final encounter to pit two former champions against each other.

Tournament favourites Brazil have yet to really fire on all cylinders at the World Cup as they prepare to face a Belgium side that has plundered 12 goals in four games. Instead of penalty takers, the fourth substitute rule has largely been used in the way Federation Internationale de Football Association envisioned, as a way to win the game in extra time - or at least avoid losing.

Brazil are unbeaten at this year's World Cup having started with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland then beat Costa Rica (2-0), Serbia (2-0) and Mexico (2-0).

Croatia's Milan Badelj had his low shot was stopped by Denmark 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel's legs, though Croatia still advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Maradona posted Thursday on Facebook that he said some things that were unacceptable because he was "driven by the emotions while rooting for Colombia". Uruguay has given up just one goal in four matches.

"We have fantastic supporters who've had to stand with us for decades of disappointment", the England boss said.

The center back added that England "stuck to our game plan, never got into the brawl they wanted". England midfielder Fabian Delph's wife gave birth to their third child after the group stage.

Cheryshev and Golovin have been stars, but they may struggle to see much of the ball against a Croatia midfield loaded with astute playmakers. The schedule and fixtures of the semi-finals are quite exciting, and given the forms, the qualified teams are in, at the moment, the matches are going to be as thrilling as they could be. Backing this team could lead to a disastrous ending to your 2018 World Cup picks.

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.

July 3 2018 Russia's Alan Dzagoev during training.

"So, it's a defining game, but not just for us, it's a defining game for Brazil as well".

"Thousands of visitors to the city, also consuming water, contribute to the increase in water", Samara Communal Systems wrote in a press release.

The quarterfinals of the world's biggest sporting event wraps up on Saturday, with games starting at 10am and 2pm.

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