MOSCOW (AP) The Newest on Friday on the World Cup (all occasions native):
Brazil has crushed Brazil 2-1 to attain the semifinals of the World Cup for simply the second time. The Belgians led 2-Zero at halftime and withstood late strain from the five-time champions after Renato Augusto minimize the margin with a header within the 76th minute.
Belgium, which final reached the semifinals in 1986, will subsequent face 1998 champion France in St. Petersburg.
Will probably be the primary time since 2006 that 4 European groups will characteristic within the World Cup semifinals. The two different spots can be determined in Sunday’s quarterfinals which characteristic Russia vs. Croatia and England vs. Sweden.
Brazil substitute Renato Augusto has pulled one again for the five-time champions, decreasing Belgium’s lead to 2-1 of their World Cup quarterfinal.
Augusto, who went on three minutes earlier as a alternative for Paulinho, related with a cross from Philippe Coutinho and headed the ball into the web to beat `keeper Thibaut Courtois within the 76th minute.
A Fernandinho personal aim and a wonderfully executed end from Kevin De Bruyne have given Belgium a 2-Zero lead over Brazil at halftime within the World Cup quarterfinal match at Kazan.
Belgium took the lead within the 13th�minute after a Belgium nook from Nacer Chadli was met on the close to submit by Vincent Kompany with a flick, then diverted into the again of the web by Fernandinho’s shoulder.
De Bruyne doubled Belgium’s lead within the 31st�minute following a swift counterattack following a Brazil nook. After the nook was cleared, Romelu Lukaku went on a mazy run by way of Brazil’s midfield earlier than laying a cross off to his left for the oncoming De Bruyne, who struck his shot low into the nook of the Brazil internet and past the dive of goalkeeper Alisson.
Brazil has had probabilities to get again into the sport, notably within the 37th�minute when a curling shot from exterior the realm from Philippe Coutinho was palmed away by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.�
The winner in Kazan will advance to a semifinal match in opposition to France.
Kevin De Bruyne has made it 2-Zero for Belgium within the World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to Brazil with an outstanding strike from the sting of the realm on the finish of a swift counterattack.
De Bruyne was arrange on the proper aspect of the field by striker Romelu Lukaku, who recovered the ball in Belgium’s half and ran for about 30 meters earlier than delivering a pinpoint cross to his teammate on the left. De Bruyne unleashed a low shot past the dive of `keeper Alisson and into the nook of the Brazil internet within the 31st minute.
Belgium has taken a 1-Zero lead in opposition to the run of the play in its World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to Brazil by way of an personal aim from Fernandinho.
Nacer Chadli’s nook kick that was met on the close to submit by Vincent Kompany with a flick, then diverted into the again of the web off Brazil midfielder Fernandinho’s shoulder within the 13th minute.
Brazil had been in management with a excessive press and a few good probabilities, together with a Thiago Silva’s effort onto the submit.
The winner of the Belgium-Brazil recreation will meet France within the semifinals.
Belgium followers are getting excited at Kazan Enviornment as their unofficial anthem, Gala’s ”Freed From Want” Eurodance tune, performs over the stadium’s loudspeakers. Launched in 1996, the tune was successful in lots of European international locations and stays very talked-about among the many Crimson Devils’ supporters.
Belgium is taking part in five-time champion Brazil for a spot within the World Cup semifinals.
Antoine Griezmann says it was ”regular to not have fun” the aim that sealed France’s 2-Zero win over Uruguay and despatched his workforce into the World Cup semifinals.
Griezmann didn’t smile, or carry out his trademark dance from the Fortnite recreation, after Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera spilled a long-range shot into the web within the 61st minute.
The France ahead explains he was mentored in soccer by a participant from Uruguay and has buddies from the nation: ”I like Uruguayan tradition and I like Uruguayans.”
He was taking part in in opposition to his Atletico Madrid teammates Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez who helped make Uruguay the hardest World Cup workforce to rating in opposition to. Godin is the godfather to Griezmann’s daughter.
Griezmann says: ”I used to be additionally taking part in in opposition to buddies, so out of respect I assumed it was regular to not have fun my aim.”
Brazil coach Tite has made two adjustments from the workforce that beat Mexico for the World Cup quarterfinal match in opposition to Belgium at Kazan Enviornment.
Marcelo has recovered from a again harm to take his place at left again in favor of Filipe Luis and Casemiro’s absence by way of suspension has given given Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho a begin.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has introduced Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli into the beginning lineup instead of Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens.
The two gamers performed huge roles in Belgium’s comeback win over Japan within the spherical of 16, each scoring within the workforce’s Three-2 victory. Chadli scored the winner within the last seconds of the match following an exhilarating counterattack.
The adjustments counsel that Belgium is probably going to play a extra direct method because it tries to make the semifinals of the World Cup for the primary time since 1986. The winner in Kazan will meet France within the semifinals.
Brazil: Alisson, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Willian, Fagner.
Belgium:�Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Thomas Meunier, Nacer Chadli.
For some cause, Croatia can’t appear to keep away from drawing the host nation on the World Cup.
Croatia has solely certified for the World Cup 5 occasions, the primary coming in 1998. And for the third time in these journeys, the Croatians are matched up with the house workforce. This time it’s within the quarterfinals in opposition to Russia.
Croatia misplaced to France 2-1 within the semifinals in 1998. In 2014, Croatia was drawn into the identical group as host Brazil and fell Three-1 within the opening match of the event. In each 1998 and 2014, Croatia took 1-Zero leads solely to see the house nation rally.�
Clearly, Croatia is prepared for a unique outcome. A win would put the Croatians within the semis for the second time.�
Coach Zlatko Dalic says ”We can’t select our opponents, be it hosts or any person else. We face an enormous recreation, quarterfinals, it doesn’t matter who’s the opponent. Possibly the one factor is the vociferous assist by the followers.”
Dalic says is gamers frequently play approach video games at packed stadiums ”followers howling” for his or her golf equipment and ”this shouldn’t be an issue for us.”
”And in the end we shouldn’t be asking or searching for any excuses. We’ve to play our personal recreation, regardless of who’s within the stands.”�
England coach Gareth Southgate says there’s a technology of younger gamers lastly beginning to problem the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in world soccer.
A lot to his delight, one among them is in his workforce.
Southgate says Harry Kane has reached ”one other degree” by scoring six objectives to prime the scoring charts on the World Cup and that the striker is among the ”thrilling younger gamers from proper internationally saying themselves” in Russia.
Kane, although, says Messi and Ronaldo are nonetheless the benchmark for rising gamers and that ”you may by no means write them off.”
Whereas Messi’s Argentina and Ronaldo’s Portugal are already out of the World Cup, Kane can lead England to the semifinals for the primary time since 1990 if his workforce beats Sweden in Samara on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy remains to be a uncertain starter for England’s World Cup quarterfinal match in opposition to Sweden due to a groin harm.
Coach Gareth Southgate says the Leicester City striker did what he wanted to do in coaching earlier than the squad left for Samara for the match, however he nonetheless labored out ”barely separate” from the workforce.
Southgate says, ”When it comes to health we simply want to verify with Vardy within the morning.”
Vardy was harm after happening instead within the 88th minute of England’s penalty shootout victory over Colombia within the spherical of 16.
He has been within the beginning lineup solely as soon as in Russia, in opposition to Belgium, when Southgate made sweeping adjustments.
France is into the World Cup semifinals for the primary time in 12 years after beating Uruguay 2-Zero. Raphael Varane opened the scoring with a header within the 40th minute and Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s error contributed to Antoine Griezmann’s clincher within the 61st.
France went on to attain the World Cup last the final two occasions it superior this far. It received its solely World Cup in 1998 on dwelling soil, and in 2006 misplaced the ultimate to Italy on penalties.
Varane raced throughout the realm to meet a free kick and struck a glancing header that went into the far nook behind keeper Fernando Muslera.
Muslera was then to blame for Griezmann’s second-half aim when he tried to parry his shot away and as a substitute noticed it deflect off each palms into the aim.
These had been solely the second and third objectives conceded by Uruguay in 5 World Cup matches. Uruguay performed with out striker Edinson Cavani who sat on the bench with an injured left calf picked up victory over Portugal in a round-of 16 match. Substitute Cristhian Stuani crammed in for Cavani, teamming up entrance with Luis Suarez.
France faces both Brazil or Belgium within the semifinals.
France ahead Kylian Mbappe and Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez have picked up yellow playing cards after a testy trade within the World Cup quarterfinal at Nizhny Novgorod.
With France main 2-Zero within the second half, Rodriguez appeared to stick his arm again as Mbappe jogged behind him. Mbappe dived to the bottom as if injured, instantly angering Uruguay’s gamers.
The recreation stopped for a number of minutes as gamers from each squads pushed and shoved whereas Mbappe lay on the pitch simulating an harm.
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana issued yellow playing cards to each gamers.
France leads Uruguay 2-Zero and seems to be on target for a World Cup semifinal spot, helped by a blunder from Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Antoine Griezmann prolonged France’s lead of their quarterfinal in Nizhny Novgorod within the 61st minute with a long-range shot that Muslera acquired each palms to however deflected into his personal internet.
Griezmann’s shot was straight at Muslera, however the keeper couldn’t maintain it and it looped into the web.
France took the lead 5 minutes earlier than halftime with a header from defender Raphael Varane. Griezmann was additionally concerned within the openiner, offering the free kick from the proper for Varane to head dwelling.
Uruguay began with out key striker Edinson Cavani, who hasn’t recovered sufficiently from a left calf muscle harm. He sat on the bench throughout and regarded unlikely to play any function within the recreation.
France leads Uruguay 1-Zero at halftime of their World Cup quarterfinal after a header 5 minutes earlier than the break from Raphael Varane.
The French defender made an angled run and met a free kick from the proper aspect from Antoine Griezmann to put his workforce forward within the 40th minute in Nizhny Novgorod. He glanced his header into the highest left nook of the aim.
Uruguay almost replied instantly, additionally from a set-piece, when Martin Caceres’ header was saved low to his proper by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
France had the higher of the primary half however had to work to break down Uruguay’s cussed protection. Varane’s header was solely the second aim Uruguay has conceded on the event.
Uruguay began the sport with out key striker Edinson Cavani, who hasn’t recovered sufficiently from a left calf muscle harm. He sat on the bench in the course of the first half, with Cristhian Stuani taking his place within the lineup and taking part in up entrance with Luis Suarez.
France introduced midfielder Corentin Tolisso into its beginning lineup to substitute the suspended Blaise Matuidi.
The winner in Nizhny Novgorod performs Brazil or Belgium within the semis.
France ahead Antoine Griezmann has arrived for the World Cup match in opposition to Uruguay sipping from a mate (MAH’-tay) gourd – maybe as a silent retort to Luis Suarez.
The Uruguay striker took a verbal shot at Griezmann earlier this week forward of Friday’s quarterfinal, accusing him of attempting to be Uruguayan. Griezmann performs at Atletico Madrid alongside Uruguayan defenders Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez. Godin is godfather to Griezmann’s daughter, and Griezmann has a keenness for the tea popularly sipped from a gourd in Uruguay and Argentina.
Suarez stepped off the Uruguayan workforce bus at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium sipping from a mate gourd. Moments later, Griezmann did likewise because the French workforce arrived.
FIFA has fined Sweden’s soccer federation 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,750) for gamers carrying unapproved branded clothes in World Cup video games.
FIFA says the Sweden workforce defied requests ”to stop the exercise that led to the sanction.”
The case relates to some gamers carrying branded socks that complement the official workforce uniform.
FIFA says its advertising and marketing and gear guidelines had been damaged once more when Sweden beat Switzerland 1-Zero in a spherical of 16 recreation.
Sweden performs England on Saturday within the quarterfinals.
Edinson Cavani isn’t in Uruguay’s beginning lineup for the World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to France in Nizhny Novgorod.
The striker, who scored two objectives after which injured his left calf within the spherical of 16 win over Portugal final Saturday, hasn’t absolutely recovered and is changed by Cristhian Stuani.
That’s the one change made by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez from the 2-1 victory over Portugal.
France coach Didier Deschamps additionally made only one compelled change: suspended midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been changed by Corentin Tolisso. Matuidi picked up a second yellow card when France beat Argentina Four-Three within the spherical of 16.
Uruguay is looking for a spot within the semifinals for the second time within the final three World Cups. France is aiming to go previous the quarters for the primary time because it misplaced the ultimate to Italy in 2006.�
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nahitan Nandez, Luis Suarez, Cristhian Stuani, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Diego Laxalt, Martin Caceres.
France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Corentin Tolisso, Ngolo Kante, Lucas Hernandez.�
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says his workforce feels impressed by cellphone calls from President Vladimir Putin forward of its World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to Croatia.
Cherchesov says ”the assist of the pinnacle of state is vital for us and the gamers learn about it and it’s further motivation.”
Whereas Putin has watched solely Russia’s opening 5-Zero win over Saudi Arabia, Cherchesov says ”he has referred to as me a number of occasions, and each earlier than and after the sport in opposition to Spain.”
Russia beat Spain on Sunday in a penalty shootout within the final 16.
Russia performs Croatia in Sochi on Saturday, for a possible semifinal in opposition to England or Sweden. The Kremlin has mentioned Putin doesn’t plan to attend the quarterfinal.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the World Cup has helped fight unfavorable stereotypes about Russia and confirmed the nation to be a welcoming place.
Putin made the feedback on Friday when he was internet hosting FIFA President Gianni Infantino and a few soccer greats on the Kremlin.
Putin mentioned, ”Individuals have seen that Russia is a hospitable nation that’s welcoming to those that come right here.”
He added that many unfavorable preconceived notions about Russia ”merely collapsed” in the course of the event.
Among the many gamers on the Kremlin had been Marco van Basten of the Netherlands, Lothar Matthaeus of Germany, and Diego Forlan of Urugway.
Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist has turn out to be a father once more, at some point earlier than main his workforce in opposition to England in a World Cup quarterfinal.
Granqvist’s spouse, Sofie, introduced on her Instagram account their daughter’s beginning at 00:36 a.m. on Friday in Sweden.
She wrote: ”And he or she arrived and made our life full, child Mika (hash)babymika (hash)lastly.”
Granqvist has his spouse’s blessing to keep in Russia till the tip of Sweden’s shock deep run within the event.
Their child was initially due in June, then was anticipated on Tuesday when Sweden beat Switzerland 1-Zero within the spherical of 16.
Sweden performs England in Samara on Saturday for a spot within the semifinals.
Jamie Vardy has missed most of England’s coaching and seems unlikely to be match for the World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to Sweden on Saturday.
Vardy injured his groin on Tuesday after happening instead within the 88th minute of England’s penalty shootout victory over Colombia within the spherical of 16.
He solely warmed up with the squad on Friday at its base exterior St. Petersburg and didn’t participate in the remainder of the session.
Vardy has began just one match in Russia, in opposition to Belgium, when coach Gareth Southgate made sweeping adjustments to his lineup together with resting captain and World Cup main scorer Harry Kane.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has instructed Portuguese newspaper Report the participant could be ”eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he finally ends up leaving the European champion.
Jorge Mendes quoted by Report saying that if Ronaldo strikes to Juventus, ”it will likely be only a new part and a brand new problem in his sensible profession.”
Native media in Spain and Italy declare Ronaldo has already reached a deal to signal with the Serie A champion, though neither membership has formally confirmed the negotiations.