Croatia vs Russia Live Streaming HD | FIFA World Cup 2018

Russia meet Croatia on Saturday in the last match to be played in Sochi at this year’s FIFA World Cup. Fisht Stadium has already witnessed some of the most intense and spectacular action of Russia 2018, and the local fans will be hoping to bid a fond farewell to the venue by seeing the hosts advance to the semi-finals.

Both teams came through tough battles in the Round of 16, in matches held only a few hours apart. Despite enjoying precious little of the ball against Spain, the Russians fought tooth and nail to protect their goal and eventually prevailed in a penalty shootout.

The Croatians were also taken to the wire by Denmark. Following a frenetic start during which both teams scored in the first five minutes, Zlatko Dalic’s men were forced to endure a prolonged test of their nerves as the match went into extra time before ultimately prevailing after spot kicks.

It remains to be seen which of the two teams recovers from their emotional exertions quickest. The Russians will be looking to draw on every ounce of support that their fervent fans can muster in order to overcome Croatia’s individual and collective talent.

Russia are still on cloud nine after surprising Spain, and the whole world, in the last round. But that unexpected victory is in the past and the Sbornaya are now fully focused on the next target in their sights: Croatia. The only fly in the ointment for Stanislav Cherchesov is that he will be unable to call upon left winger Yuri Zhirkov against the Croatian stars.

Croatia are hoping to match the achievement of their predecessors from the 1998 World Cup, where the team reached the semi-final. During the group stage, they produced some fine football to defeat Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. Perhaps some fans were left a little cold by a passive showing against Denmark, but the Croatians may have been overawed by what was at stake. They will try to be more relaxed against the Russians.

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England 2-0 Sweden | Highlights and Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli have headed England into their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, scoring either side of half-time to dispatch Sweden 2-0 in their Samara quarter-final.

Maguire scored the opener off England’s first corner of the match, the Leicester defender powering home Ashley Young’s delivery in the 30th minute. Alli then nodded home in the 59th minute after Jesse Lingard floated a delightful cross towards the back post.

Gareth Southgate’s side are now just one win away from the World Cup final. England’s semi-final opponents will be decided on Saturday night, when the host nation Russia face Croatia at the Fisht Stadium.

Jamie Vardy had been England’s main injury concern but the Leicester striker was listed among the substitutes. Three of Southgate’s starting XI – Kyle Walker, Lingard and Henderson – started the match one booking away from suspension, as well as the substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

England made a scrappy start, Young mis-controlling twice in the opening few minutes and Walker drilling a pass straight at Marcus Berg’s back. They did enjoy more possession, though, with Sweden inviting England on.

Sterling’s first forward run led to a free-kick which Henderson took quickly but hit it straight against a Sweden player. The referee waved play on but England immediately lost the ball attempting to switch the play wide on the left.

 

Harry Maguire Goal

Dele Alli Goal

England 2-0 Sweden | Dele Alli Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

England put Sweden under pressure with another set-piece that causes problems, with Maguire heading the ball across the goal twice but no team-mate is able to tuck home.

Still a long way to go for England, who are of course yet to keep a clean sheet at this World Cup.

The flow of the game is back in England’s favour as they continue to whip a number of crosses, causing Sweden’s defence a number of issues.

England double their lead! Another sweeping cross is floated towards the far post where Alli has escaped his marker, heading home with ease. England are in dreamland!

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Dele Alli Goal

England 1-0 Sweden | Harry Maguire Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Both sides are being very patient on the ball and not wanting to take any risks, as Berg is flagged offside after latching onto a pass over the top of England’s defence.

Mentioned Alli’s disappointing form at the World Cup so far before kick-off and, unfortunately, he has not fared any better so far in this game. He is being very wasteful in possession.

England remain with attacking intent but Sweden are very well organised defensively. It is shaping up to be a game that could be decided by just a single goal.

England take the lead! It’s another set-piece! Young floats a corner into the middle where Maguire rises above the Sweden defence to head home his first international goal.

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Harry Maguire Goal

England vs Sweden Live Streaming HD | FIFA World Cup 2018

England and Sweden will not need to be told about the significance of their quarter-final in Samara on 7 July. No matter which team advances, it will be hugely significant due to the fact neither side has made it that far at a FIFA World Cup for almost a quarter of a century.

For Sweden, if they advance to the semi-finals, it would be the first time since USA 1994, when they finished in third place. As for England, a last-four appearance in Russia would be their first since Italy 1990, when they finished fourth.

Sweden are coming off the back of a resilient 1-0 victory over Switzerland thanks to Emil Forsberg’s deflected goal. The Three Lions were able to overcome the mental hurdle of conceding a stoppage-time equaliser and defeated Colombia 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time, to win the nation’s first World Cup finals shootout at the fourth attempt.

Sebastian Larsson is back from suspension but Sweden will miss one of their best defensive assets in Mikael Lustig due to yellow card suspension. The game plan, however, won’t change as Janne Andersson’s men will keep on doing what has brought them success so far, focusing on their solid defence and using counter-attacks as their main source to create chances.

“We have made progress but we haven’t achieved success yet,” was Gareth Southgate’s telling assessment of England’s adventure so far. His message to the players is that being in the last eight of a World Cup doesn’t happen very often, so make this moment count. As shown in the previous match, knockout football is no longer about over-cautious, apprehensive performances for the Three Lions, so expect plenty of chances and attacking football.

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Brazil 1-2 Belgium | Highlights and Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

In years to come, when this stadium is a crumbling white elephant, they will sit in almost empty stands, hear the wind whisper across the marsh that surrounds it and believe what they can hear is the ghosts of giants. In three games, Kazan has claimed the winners of 11 World Cups. First Germany went, insipid against South Korea. Then, in a full-blooded epic, Argentina were blown away by France. And then fell the biggest of them all, Brazil, outwitted and outbattled by Belgium, who will face France in Tuesday’s semi-final.

Brazil had chances. A few ricochets in the box did not fall their way.The hysteria that always surrounds them, the sense of desire and expectation, perhaps becomes at times inhibitive. Tite, almost certainly, will be blamed, because that is what coaches are for, but his half-time switch to a 4-4-2, bringing on Roberto Firmino in place of Willian and shifting Gabriel Jesus to the right, did improve matters. The problem was that by then they were already 2-0 down, having been eviscerated on the break by Kevin De Bruyne. Renato Augusto did pull one back, heading in Philippe Coutinho’s chip with 14 minutes remaining but it was not enough.

He may have been almost derided by the end of his time in the Premier League, but Roberto Martínez deserves enormous credit for Belgium’s victory. His approach was bold, startlingly so, setting out a team that looked like the sort of line-up you’d use to chase a game if you were a goal down with half an hour to go – as, of course they had been against Japan in the last round. Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli, heroes of that comeback, were included and the system was a surprising one: a 4-3-3 with De Bruyne deployed as a false nine and Romelu Lukaku pulling right, seemingly to try to attack the space between Miranda and Marcelo.

Fernandinho Own Goal

Kevin De Bruyne Goal

Renato Augusto Goal

Brazil 1-2 Belgium | Renato Augusto Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Lukaku gets on the end of a ball from midfield which put the striker in-behind the Brazil defence, but his touch is poor and the ball rolls out for a goal-kick which Alisson takes extremely quickly, as the keeper senses a need for urgency with 20 minutes left.

Thomas Meunier is shown a yellow card for a deliberate tug back on the shirt of Neymar who was headed towards goal. The punishment means that Meunier will miss Belgium’s semi-final match, should they progress.

Renato Augusto, in his first contribution of the match, gives possession away to De Bruyne but the Brazil defence quickly close down the creative midfielder and win back the ball with 15 minutes to play.

It’s the substitute who rises highest and gets his head to a sumptuous Phillipe Coutinho cross which beats Courtois who has otherwise looked imperious today. It’s game on with just over 10 minutes to play!

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Renato Augusto Goal

Brazil 0-2 Belgium | Kevin De Bruyne Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Vertonghen gives away a free-kick by the corner flag after going in with a hard challenge on Paulinho who was shepherding the ball out for a corner-kick. It will be Willian to take.

Willian finds Fernandinho on the edge of the area and he has a strike into the crowd which does not seep through the traffic. The ball comes to Neymar who has a crack of his own and wins a corner after the effort is deflected away from goal.

Neymar takes the in-swinger again to the near post for Miranda but Fellaini is smart to the tactic and gets himself there to head the ball away.

Fellaini heads the ball away to Lukaku who charges all the way through midfield, dancing past a couple of markers. The Manchester United striker then locates Kevin De Bruyne perfectly just outside the area, and the midfielder takes an absolutely superb shot which beats Alisson! Belgium double their lead!

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Kevin De Bruyne Goal

Brazil 0-1 Belgium | Fernandinho Own Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Neymar links up with Coutinho on the outside of the penalty area but Coutinho is unable to free some space for his trademark curling effort. Brazil recycle it into the box but Paulinho can only win a corner after wriggling free from three defenders.

Willian’s corner is a great delivery but Paulinho mishits the service from the centre of the penalty area after yet another Miranda near-post flick.

De Bruyne finds Fellaini just outside the penalty area with a large amount of space, but the Manchester United midfielder is unable to get the ball out of his feet, and he scuffs his shot which wins a corner.

Vincent Kompany gets his head onto the corner at the near post and it takes a touch off what looks to be Miranda’s elbow and beats Alisson! Belgium have the lead!

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Fernandinho Goal

Brazil vs Belgium Live Streaming HD | FIFA World Cup 2018

If asked before the kick-off of any FIFA World Cup to predict which team will score the most goals, many people would choose Brazil. After all, A Seleção are traditionally known for their flair for the spectacular, their thirst for goals and their ‘Joga Bonito’. Yet, at Russia 2018, the South Americans’ current total of seven goals puts them fifth in the scoring charts, five behind the top team, Belgium.

Indeed, the Red Devils’ return of 12 goals for and just four against is almost more Brazilian-like. As it is though, Brazil’s defensive marshal, Thiago Silva, has helped his side go 310 minutes without conceding, forming the meanest backline at these world finals, with just a solitary goal against so far. Only rarely have Brazil found the balance between controlled attacking and disciplined defending quite as well as they have so far in Russia.

By way of contrast, the Belgians have proven to be vulnerable at the back. Nevertheless, with players like Romelu Lukaku – who sits second in scoring at this World Cup with four goals – and Eden Hazard, they have also shown themselves to be capable of scoring or creating something at any given moment. It is not for nothing that they are labelled the country’s golden generation.

Can they get the better of the five-time world champions in Kazan and move into the last four? Doing so would mean Belgium winning a fifth consecutive World Cup match, which would set a new national record. The first and only time the sides previously met at the global showpiece was in the last 16 in 2002 when goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo earned victory for a Brazil team that would go on to lift the title. That is a result that current playmakers Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, who have each been directly involved in three goals already, would no doubt be more than happy to emulate.

This well-balanced Brazil side know they are in for a battle and are prepared for it. The absence of Casemiro is a big blow, but his replacement Fernandinho is likewise a complete midfielder, even if he is not as physically imposing and has a huge task ahead of him against Belgium. The Red Devils will have to contend with the in-form Neymar, who sparkled against Mexico and is arguably the best player remaining at the tournament.

The last match was a tough one and coach Roberto Martinez will likely have learned some lessons from his side’s difficulties in that Round of 16 outing. Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli, who both came on as substitutes in that game against Japan, could be in line for starts, which would necessitate some minor tactical adjustments. This quarter-final represents one of the last chances for Belgium to shine at the highest level, with the best team in the their history. It is worth noting that this will be the first time that Belgium face Brazil, truly believing they can win.

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