England target World Cup 2018 semis after Belgium stun Brazil

England target World Cup 2018 semis after Belgium stun Brazil

"The players know this and it is just an extra boost for us in terms of motivation".

The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France's all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country's downfall at the World Cup in Russian Federation has not been lost on his former team mate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a freaky situation. That is down to desire, they wanted to make it happen.

"You have to accept that Brazil have finesse and they will break you down but we did not accept it".

Croatia's quarter-final was more strenuous as they were taken to a penalty shootout by Russian Federation before edging through 4-3, Ivan Rakitic scoring the decisive spot-kick.

"Maybe it's this sort of match that we needed for the future", said Hazard, the captain.

After that Brazil fell apart, losing the semi final to Germany 7-1 and then the third place play-off to Netherlands as well. Belgium are a strong side on paper and play as a total unit.

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The Selecao piled the pressure on their opponents in a gripping second half, but could only drag one goal back through substitute Renato Augusto's header after Fernandinho's early own goal and a sweet strike by Kevin De Bruyne.

Argentina was eliminated from World Cup contention in the first of the knockout rounds. "It's very hard to be here".

The squad left Kazan on Saturday without talking to reporters.

Goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann in Nizhny Novgorod gave France a 2-0 victory to move into the World Cup semi-finals, ending an impressive campaign from Uruguay in Russian Federation on a relatively limp note. Uruguay, which headed into the clash without their star man Edinson Cavani, saw a humiliating 2-0 defeat courtesy to a thumping header by Raphael Varane and goalkeeper Muslera's howler on Antoine Grizmann's shot.

"I'm happy to have been decisive (by scoring)". "We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go".

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