FIFA 2018: Croatia looking to seize the moment against Russia

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Some of the usual heavyweights rub shoulders with surprise packages in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, which get under when France take on Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

With players such as world-class midfielder Luka Modric and a string of top-level forwards including Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic, Zlatko Dalic's team scored at least two goals in each of their three group matches, including firing three past hapless Argentina.

England or Sweden will play the victor of Saturday's other quarter-final, in which host nation Russian Federation will aim to keep defying the odds when they play Luka Modric's skilful Croatia side.

The semi-finals will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The final match will be held on July 15 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Even with Uruguay's attacking talent, the key to this match could be how their nearly unyielding defence, led by Diego Godin, deals with France's wave of offensive pressure.

"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.

Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told President Vladimir Putin that visitors to the World Cup had fallen "in love with Russia", during a meeting Friday at the Kremlin. The 2014 World Cup had also thrown similar results when the teams that qualified to the Round of 16 had taken 6.9 shots per game while the teams that failed to qualified made 13.7 attempts per game. The hosts, meanwhile, have already punched much above their weight and will hope the partisan crowd at the Fisht Stadium by the Black Sea will carry them even further.

Brazil have only conceded one goal at this World Cup and have not been behind in a game. Relying on the counter will be a far more hard approach for France in this match; they'll need more out of the likes of striker Antoine Griezmann, whose only goals thus far have come from the penalty spot.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov was the butt of jokes before the tournament after his team failed to win any of its last seven pre-World Cup friendlies.

The way the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 in the last 16 was obviously a good thing, but I think the fact they went behind in the first place shows why they are not going to win the tournament.

Dzagoev says "I had a problem with my back again, but now I'm training in the main group and I'm ready for the match".

The encounter between England and Colombia was another nail-biting affair, with English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pulling off an astounding save to help his team proceed to the next round on penalties. "We all tend to support only teams that have big players". Here's everything we know so far.

"We had fine games with Saudi Arabia and with Egypt as well as with Spain".