They have arguably the easiest opponent in the quarterfinals, scheduled to play Russian Federation on Saturday.
The current Croatian squad is one win away from matching their 1998 success of reaching the semi-finals.
Neymar´s Brazil are aiming to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15. Most of our pundits have gone for a France win; only Gab Marcotti bucks the trend by saying Uruguay will make the semifinals.
While Brazil have not lost in their last 16 matches, Belgium are equally unbeaten in 22 matches.
"The difference is we haven't won a World Cup, it's as simple as that ... you go into a tournament when you don't have the know-how to win the tournament", Martinez said. At odds north of 100-1 before the World Cup commenced, the Swedes emerged as the top team in Group F despite their 2-1 loss to Germany.
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"Luka is our captain and leading player and one of the world's best players". They play in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.
Both of them may have played their last World Cup-and even with all of their accomplishments, they will always be remembered by the tournament they could never conquer.
He recovered and was available for the 2-0 win against Mexico in the round of 16, but coach Tite kept his replacement, Fagner, in the starting lineup.
"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". "As for ourselves, we're focusing on our team and (this is) our strongest side (till) now". And perhaps they are getting Belgium at the ideal time after their exhausting desperation match with Japan.
We have seen Croatia throw in performances like that one before in the latter stages of tournaments.
Croatia are considered a dark horse to win the tournament but it has not been all plain sailing for the Balkan nation following a hard qualifying campaign.
"Against Spain they used a different system, but you must adapt to every team you play against".
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