Fifa World Cup quarter-finals preview and predictions

Mae Harvey
July 5, 2018

The former captain of Argentina's national team criticised United States referee Mark Geiger, who according to the football star has a history of questionable actions and shouldn't have referred the World Cup match.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. Most keepers would have been happy to clutch it to their chest to let a few seconds pass to ensure extra time. If England think they will have an easy match on Saturday that is a big mistake.

England were pegged back 1-1 late on in Moscow, before coming out on top on penalties to set up Saturday's meeting with Sweden for a place in the final four.

In Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, who last reached the semis in 1986, have two of the game's most devastating creators. More of the same from those two, and France will go through.

Kane has yet to be given the chance to run into space and onto a killer pass from a teammate but, as England go deeper into the tournament, they can not rely on set-pieces to continue to bail them out. And it's one lyric in particular that seems to confuse them.

I don't think that will be a good idea against Brazil, but I am not sure what else Belgium manager Roberto Martinez will do.

And after the shoot-out on Tuesday night, England forward Jamie Vardy could not resist trolling the Spaniards for the manner of their defeat.

The thing that impressed me most about England against Colombia was the way they stood up to the provocation they faced.

Gareth Southgate admitted his team had so far managed to free themselves from the psychological pressure that had burdened some of their predecessors.

Croatia really anxious me in the last 16 against Denmark because they just disappeared in the second half.

"It's early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup - whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it - the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads". (Harry) Kane is one of them, (Raheem) Sterling is another, but when I tell you it is hard to beat Sweden it is the truth.

The performance summed up the hit and miss nature of this Croatia side, who can dazzle in one game and drive their fans to despair in the next.

"But I would say at the moment England - nobody speaks about England but they are unsafe - Brazil or France". "I knew the messages I wanted to give".

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