Brazil, England and France Favorites Ahead of Quarter Finals

Posted July 05, 2018

The RB Leipzig player scored the goal that sent his team through to the quarter-finals, and was a constant threat to Switzerland's backline.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow.

However, if Les Bleus can continue the forward momentum they showed against Argentina, they will take some stopping. "Like I say, it is coming home".

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.

Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.

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But that will all go out the window on Thursday, and we should be in for an entertaining match with the tournament's meanest defence up against France's lively attack.

But Pekerman said the England players were demanding fouls which, in his opinion, were not, complaining to American referee Mark Geiger and affecting the flow of Colombia's game.

Although this feisty encounter was the most bad-tempered so far at Russian Federation 2018, it was also a night when England demonstrated the progress that has been made in recent years. I think it will be very hard.

The Prime Minister found the tension too much as Gareth Southgate's team's tie with Colombia came down to the spot-kick finale. But I'd also find it hard to bet against a side that shows up at every major tournament.

Yet as they walk out to face world soccer's mightiest superpower in Kazan on Friday, they might wish they were playing relative minnows Sweden instead. I'm very happy for them.

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I was co-commentating on that game and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic went missing. "We know obviously in the past England haven't done great and it was great to get that one off our back".

A senior Labour spokesman said: "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration".

"But I would say at the moment England - nobody speaks about England but they are risky - Brazil or France".

I am still backing Brazil to win this World Cup, but the French would give them a serious test.

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