Russia Enjoying Advantage At World Cup Due To Fan Support

Neymar celebrates with teammate Paulinho after scoring his team's first goal against Mexico

Neymar's Brazil are the favourites to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 but France, Belgium and Uruguay are all in their side of the draw.

Griezmann doesn't take a place in the semi-finals for granted. The clash between Belgium and Brazil looks particularly mouthwatering, as Eden Hazard and Co take on Neymar's Canarinhos in a battle of the heavyweights.

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

THE quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup get underway on Friday with five time world champions Brazil taking on high flying Belgium, while 1998 champions France play against South American side, Uruguay.

"But it doesn´t affect our chances against them". "We've been waiting for two years to find out, what can Belgium do against a true worldwide giant? This was very hard for us to swallow", said a downbeat Tite, who refused to be drawn on his future.

With players such as world-class midfielder Luca Modric and a string of top-level forwards including Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric and Perisic, Zlatko Dalic's team scored at least two goals in each of their three group matches, including firing three past hapless Argentina. "For me, there has to be another way".

The Selecao is still the biggest favorite to win the World Cup for the sixth time, and it seems that they are playing better as the tournament is nearing to an end.

Russian Federation changed tactics to play five at the back with a lone striker in Artem Dzyuba against Spain in the Round of 16 on Sunday, an approach that restricted their opponents to just one chance in 90 minutes.

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Dzagoev says "I had a problem with my back again, but now I'm training in the main group and I'm ready for the match".

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.

"The Uruguayans will have watched the match, they will change the way to defend him".

"We have been preparing for months, for weeks to play matches like that", said France coach Didier Deschamps. "They have so many young players like Mbappé who are promising and are in good form now".

The last 16 stage of the World Cup is now complete and the remaining teams in the tournament will go through to the quarter-finals this weekend.

Croatia also reached the quarterfinals on penalties after overcoming a spirited Denmark team, and is now aiming to match its best World Cup: a run to the semifinals in 1998.

Conservatively, I'd bet we'll see Brazil and England in the World Cup Final.

"Playing for my team is a great honour and a pleasure, but to win the World Cup with Croatia is nearly unthinkable, like the most lovely fairy tale!"

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