World Cup Big Guns Set For Last Eight Battles

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani

It may even deny them a victory over Sweden in Saturday's quarterfinal in Samara, when England will attempt to reach a World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named England as one of the three teams that could win the World Cup.

This, however, was the draw England wanted, and vindication of Southgate's decision to rest key players in their final group match against Belgium.

Matthaus was equally critical of Colombia's players during their agonising penalty defeat to England in their round of 16 clash.

The football's figures gifted the ITV news a rare win over the BBC, with 3.9 million viewers to 3.3 million.

"There were so many interruptions in the game, far too many interruptions", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said.

In other quarter-finals, France will play Uruguay at 2am Saturday, Brazil will play Belgium at 6am Saturday while hosts Russian Federation will play Croatia at 6am Sunday.

But the world's most expensive player has hit the headlines as much for his perceived play-acting as for the on-pitch performances that have helped his side ease into the last eight without ever being seriously troubled.

"Well, it will never be off my back sadly", Southgate said, referring to his missed penalty at Euro 96. "We'll be cheering for Colombia and hoping we can all enjoy a great match", he added.

They have to sharpen their edge, though, because Sweden are a team that can grind down any opponent if they allow themselves to play into their hands. England hadn't won a penalty shootout in 22 years, but this time, it did.

Spain followed Argentina and Portugal out of the tournament on Sunday when they were beaten on penalties by hosts Russian Federation.

"A player fakes a foul, they are trying to get the referee to book another player", he said. "Born on Winston Churchill's birthday, Gary Winston Lineker came to England's rescue against a force that left them trembling", wrote William Gildea in The Post. "The two goals he scored the other day, the team work he has in general, his physical exertion. all of it is important".

And another said: "If Sweden beat England this weekend then my Ikea wardrobe and table can look out".

Both sides were guilty of squandering good openings - and Switzerland ended it with 10 men after Michael Lang was dismissed in injury time for a push on Martin Olsson, who was clean through on goal.

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