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

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If Croatia overcome Russia, Dalic's side will face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals. They reached the last eight with a win on penalties over Spain. Brazil, the tournament favorites, are against the heavily tipped Belgium side. In what will be a fierce battle, Brazil will proceed to the semi finals after a penalty shootout.

Croatia captain and inspirational midfielder, Luka Modric is looking for his side to take a further step towards success when they play hosts Russian Federation for a place in the last four of the World Cup on Saturday.

Argentinian forward Lionel Messi is out of the World Cup, along with 24 of the 32 qualifying nations.


"Uruguay have so many assets, so many qualities", said France coach Didier Deschamps. The players that they have ... both teams deserve to be facing each other a little further in, in this tournament and not in the quarter-final, " Kompany said.

But the world's most expensive player has hit the headlines as much for his perceived play-acting as for the on-pitch performances that have helped his side ease into the last eight without ever being seriously troubled.

These guys are the biggest long shot to win the World Cup-or move on to the semifinals, for that matter.


The powerful Ante Rebic has impressed as well, fresh from scoring twice for Eintracht Frankfurt in their German Cup final win over Bayern Munich. They will need to rectify those mistakes against a strong Brazilian team which has improved with each passing game.

Asked what he will be watching given both matches are at the same time, Pouille replied: "Definitely soccer if it's France". Germany being undone by Mexico, Egypt and worldwide sensation Mohammed Salah having their first run out in 28 years but winning nothing, Argentina surviving a scare early on, Icelandic hearts with hope and even Iranian players giving European giants Spain and Portugal a run for their money.

In 1998, Croatia scraped past Romania in the last 16, while they did similar against Denmark on Sunday. Get past France, and they could be unbeatable.


Croatia are considered a dark horse to win the tournament but it has not been all plain sailing for the Balkan nation following a hard qualifying campaign. Brazil had a rather comfortable game to lead them into the quarter finals whilst Belgium however came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a thrilling game against dark horses Japan. We have finally got a good result after many years of trying and that means a lot to me.

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