Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

John Stones says Colombia are the dirtiest team he's ever played against

John Stones says Colombia are the dirtiest team he's ever played against

The 1998 world champions will now face Belgium for a place in the final after the five-time winners became the last South American side to exit the competition with a 2-1 defeat in Kazan.

"I think we deserved the result. Some players are not playing much and they have still made a big contribution to unity and in fostering a good atmosphere", he said. There were some technical issues.

Brazil almost dug themselves out of it. Renato Augusto's brilliant header gave his team hope, cutting the lead in half with 14 minutes to go before stoppage time.

And the 49-year-old added that he believed were gathering momentum at the right time.

The failure of Messi and Ronaldo to haul their teams to success has coincided with a new wave of global talent, including Kane and France's Kylian Mbappe, starring on the big stage in Russian Federation.

In England, World Cup fever is building as hopes rise that Gareth Southgate's young team spearheaded by striker Harry Kene can beat Sweden in Samara on Saturday and reach the semi-finals for the first time for 28 years.

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When asked if he was concerned that Olivier Giroud had still not scored at Russian Federation 2018, Deschamps replied "yet", suggesting the Chelsea striker's position in the starting line-up is safe. "Today we played against opponents that were stronger than we were". We have to continue working but when we focus on our style, we have a better chance of winning. France beat us and they beat us well.

That's a detail that makes a huge impact on a game like a quarter-final.

"The boys gave everything but by the end there was a huge difference between the teams, I admit that". Griezmann shot from outside the box straight at Muslera, who attempted to palm the ball away but instead deflected it into the net. "They can all hold their heads high", he said.

Cavani was back in training on Thursday and France are acutely aware of the threat posed by the man who plays for Paris Saint-Germain.

He expected Saturday's game to be decided by various factors, but highlighted the importance of set pieces, and also explained he had developed his love for the English game during the 1970's.

"I didn't celebrate because when I started in the game I was supported by a Uruguayan who taught me about football and I have a lot of respect for Uruguay", he said.

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