Lovren feeling Liverpool spirit in Croatia's World Cup run

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"Neymar is probably the best player I've ever played with or against".

"It is a different way of playing to Liverpool but I had this feeling from the beginning that we could achieve a lot", he said. "But not with this acting what he was doing now in each game".

Neymar Sr. took matters a step further, reportedly telling his son's friends not to take the bait when social media users criticize Neymar.

And while the veteran tactician has declared his clear favourites to clinch the prestigious trophy as his homeland France, he highlighted the threat of five-time winners Brazil and the Three Lions in their respective pursuits of World Cup glory.

Former Brazil and Real Madrid legend Ronaldo has lashed out at critics of Neymar, claiming that criticism of the Brazilian star is "nonsense". "I am against all these opinions you mentioned".

I think England are starting to believe that maybe this could be their World Cup.

The best tweet was from BBC's football account, Match of the Day.

Russian Federation ousts mighty Spain
Spain will have to put forward a stronger display against the host nation, who will have a tremendous backing this afternoon. Russian Federation defeated Spain on penalties to earn victory after the inaugural shootout of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ™.

With Portugal and Argentina leaving Russian Federation in the round of 16, the award is open for a new victor.

Stunning upsets and remarkable comebacks have been just a few of the storylines for the 2018 World Cup. Aside from their lopsided 6-1 win over a weak Panamanian squad, England hasn't dominated in this tourney and could be fruit ripe for the picking by a team that nobody saw coming in Sweden.

Ronaldo and Messi arrived in Russian Federation after Real Madrid won a third straight Champions League title and Barcelona won La Liga. Brazil captain Thiago Silva, also Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain teammate, reminded people that Neymar was legitimately injured, with a broken foot, last winter. However, the prevailing odds on this head-to-head match favor France at -200, which means that it would be considered an upset if Uruguay was to prevail.

The German great picked out another PSG star, Kylian Mbappe of France, England captain Harry Kane and Croatia captain Luka Modric as potential candidates for the Federation Internationale de Football Association award when voting opens July 23.

The debate got heated during the recent World Cup, when Messi scored his first goal against Nigeria on June 27, which sent Arsen into a mood for celebration.

Manchester City right-back Danilo is OUT of the World Cup after sustaining an injury to his left ankle.

Belgium showed their perseverance in the round of 16 after overturning a 2-0 deficit against Japan to be the first team since West Germany in 1970 to win a knockout round game after trailing by two goals.

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