Forget the pressure, it's all about pleasure, say Russian Federation before Croatia clash

Jordan Pickford

Streetwise Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro being suspended for a World Cup quarter-final should be a cause of mild panic.

Some of the usual heavyweights rub shoulders with surprise packages in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, which get under when France take on Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday. On the other side of the field, England has struggled to create from open play since their second group stage game against Panama, and has conceded one goal in each of its five matches.

And the round completes as host nation Russian Federation look to continue their unexpected fairy-tale run when they meet much-fancied Croatia.

On a dramatic night in Moscow's Spartak Stadium, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a key save from Carlos Bacca before Eric Dier's spot-kick gave England their first-ever win on penalties at a World Cup at the fourth attempt - ending a jinx that has dogged them for so long. After labouring through to the last 16 as winners of Group C despite scoring just three goals, France sprang into life thanks to the speed of Kylian Mbappe in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina.

That mouth-watering clash is followed by another packed with prime talent as Brazil face a Belgium team on the other side of their great escape against Japan.

"We are a team and we do this together, on and off the pitch and this is behind our success so far", said Granqvist. "God-willing we would like to lift the World Cup trophy". What's exciting is that this edition proved that a star-studded line-up alone won't ensure a good run in the World Cup, say those like Chennaiyin FC player Dhanpal Ganesh.

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In Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said it was best not to get too excited about what the summit might yield.

Andersson's men are aiming to reach the last four for the first time since 1994 when they finished third in the United States.

England's victory against Colombia takes Gareth Southgate's team into what looks like a winnable match against Sweden, who edged out Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.

"I am preparing my team for if Cavani plays", Deschamps said, although he suggested Uruguay were keeping their cards close to their chest: "If he plays or not, I will only know 90 minutes before the game".

"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against". Mexico flattered to deceive after a promising start to their campaign, in which they beat defending champions Germany in their opening match.

"Now we are in quarter-finals and we just want to bring pleasure to the supporters and to get further and we do not feel the pressure as we did before the tournament". Since replacing Dzagoev in the Saudi game, Cheryshev has scored three goals and also hit the winning penalty in the last-16 win over Spain.

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