World Cup Chat: Uruguay and France to headline quarterfinals showdown, England look to keep dream alive against Sweden

It's quarter-finals time Russia, so who can keep the World Cup dream alive?

Saturday features two blockbuster matches, with Suarez-led Uruguay taking on a French side brimming with confidence.

Didier Deschamps' team finally seems to have clicked; a 4-3 thriller against Argentina underlined their title credentials, but they'll face much sterner opposition in this Uruguay side.

Edinson Cavani is the major injury doubt for the South Americans. Their defence is rock-solid: they have only conceded once this year.

Meanwhile, Belgium head into their clash with Brazil on a high, following their dramatic stoppage-time win against Japan.

Both teams have a tendency to score goals in the second half, but Brazil possess a stingier back line.

England will continue in their quest to bring football home against Sweden, while the host nation will be praying Russia can continue this wildly unexpected run.

They face Croatia on Sunday morning.

Quarter-finals

Saturday 7 July, 2AM: Uruguay v France

Saturday 7 July, 6AM: Brazil v Belgium

Sunday 8 July, 2AM: Sweden v England

Sunday 8 July 6AM: Russia v Croatia

Chris Chang leads TVNZ's football buffs to break down the upcoming quarter-finals action. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Brazil star Neymar gifts jersey to crying fan in PSG win over Rennes

Neymar was whistled off the field today but showed he held no grudge against Rennes fans by giving his shirt to a young boy who ran across the pitch to hug the Brazil star.

With PSG leading 3-1 in the French league game, Neymar slowly walked back to the Paris Saint-Germain bench in the 90th minute at Rennes — as coach Thomas Tuchel made his final substitution — when the boy escaped security and ran toward the striker.

The boy burst into tears when he reached Neymar and pointed at his shirt.

Neymar took the boy under his arm and walked back to the sidelines, gesturing toward security guards to indicate everything was okay.

Neymar then took off his shirt and gave it to the boy, who was taken away by stewards.

Neymar had a mostly anonymous performance before the incident, with a mediocre display in Brittany.

Five days after slumping to their first loss this season in a 3-2 Champions League defeat at Liverpool, PSG struggled in the first half but came from behind to win 3-1 and remain perfect in the French league with a sixth consecutive win.

PSG remains five points clear at the top.

Playing without the suspended Kylian Mbappe, the defending champions faced strong resistance from an inspired home side that defended well and destabilised PSG on the break.

PSG conceded early when Adrien Rabiot scored a clumsy own-goal. Tuchel's side managed to turn things around with goals from Angel Di Maria, Thomas Meunier and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Rennes played with three attacking players and applied early pressure on Gianluigi Buffon's goal.

Mbaye Niang and Ismaila Sarr tested the Italian 'keeper before Rabiot inadvertently sent the ball into Buffon's net from a corner after a header from Niang ricocheted off his shoulder in the 11th minute.

Rennes could not build on the momentum and started to play deeper as PSG took control of the match and leveled just before halftime with a low-shot from Julian Draxler's cut-back pass.

Edinson Cavani hit the post at the start of the second half and Meunier scored at the end of a swift counterattack with a right-footed shot.

Subsitute Choupo-Moting then celebrated his league debut with a goal in the 83rd from Meunier's pass.

Neymar won over his rivals after giving away his playing jersey to a young boy who stormed the field. Source: BT Sport


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Chelsea's perfect Premier League start ended with West Ham stalemate

West Ham ended Chelsea's perfect start to the Premier League season as the London clubs played out a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea had recorded five wins in its first five games but, after a tiring trip to Greece midweek to play in the Europa League, Maurizio Sarri's team never really got going against an energetic and organized opponent.

And the Hammers looked more likely to find a winner for much of the game, with Chelsea 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga - the world's most expensive goalkeeper - forced into the best save of the match, and Andriy Yarmolenko missing a simple chance late on for West Ham.

Chelsea improved as the game went on but Alvaro Morata wasted its best chance, firing straight at Lukasz Fabianski soon after coming off the bench.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso against West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko
Chelsea's Marcos Alonso against West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko Source: Associated Press


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Second-half blitz sees Arsenal home against Everton

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the space of three second-half minutes to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Everton in the Premier League.

It was a fifth straight victory in all competitions for Arsenal, signaling the methods of new manager Unai Emery are starting to kick in after he took over from long-time coach Arsene Wenger.

Lacazette curled a shot in off the far post to put Arsenal ahead in the 56th minute, before Aubameyang doubled the lead by slotting home from close range - albeit from an offside position following Aaron Ramsey's flick-on.

Everton had the better of the first half, with Brazil forward Richarlison - back after a three-match domestic ban for headbutting an opponent - proving dangerous down the left wing and forcing a good save from goalkeeper Petr Cech.

It leaves Everton, also under a new coach in Marco Silva, with just one win in six games.

For Arsenal, it was a first clean sheet under Emery despite centre back Sokratis hobbling off in the first half.

Arsenal celebrate against Everton
Arsenal celebrate against Everton Source: Associated Press


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Manchester United's Premier League woes continue, held to draw by lowly Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo put one over his mentor Jose Mourinho when promoted Wolverhampton held Manchester United to 1-1 at Old Trafford in the English Premier League.

Wolves manager Espirito Santo, who once played under the United coach at Porto, saw Mourinho's team take the lead in the 18th minute when Paul Pogba set up Fred.

Fred's goal came against the run of play as United struggled on Alex Ferguson's homecoming. The former manager was back at Old Trafford for the first time since he underwent emergency brain surgery in May.

Wolves deservedly leveled on a counterattack eight minutes after the interval. Raul Jimenez collected the ball in the center of the penalty box after another raid down the United left which began with sloppy play from Pogba.

Awkwardly placed for a shot, Jimenez laid the ball to Joao Moutinho, who curled a classy finish past United goalkeeper David De Gea.

United might well have been nursing successive home defeats were it not for the brilliant De Gea, who made several good saves, including one from Adama Traore in added time.

Joao Moutinho's equaliser condemned United to a 1-1 stalemate at home. Source: SKY


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