"Can we have a surprise with Croatia?". That alone adds intrigue. Penalty shootouts undoubtedly require luck, but good process can help nudge the odds in your favour. The PSG striker's exclusion could tip the scales for France.
"I'm really sorry", the 11-year-old said, after the game, giving her mum a huge hug.
"Respect, fair play and joy for the game is all that matters tonight".
- #FCExtraTime: Who has been the best player at the World Cup? I wouldn't pick Uruguay to win this fixture. "Naturally we want to win, but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".
This small detail hints at the preparation that has gone into this England team.
And when Jordan Henderson missed his penalty, it looked as if England were staring at another heartbreaking exit from a major tournament.
WHY BRAZIL WINS: It's hard - maybe impossible - to spot a weakness in a Brazilian team that probably has the most dynamic front-four attackers in the tournament.
Neymar is a world class footballer who does not need to exaggerate when he is fouled because it does not earn him any sympathy, claims Lothar Matthaus said. "Hopefully more people will learn about our country because of this team". Centrebacks Miranda and Thiago Silva have been excellent, while Brazil's set defending has given nearly nothing away at this tournament. Nobody thought they'd make it this far.
Now for the quarter final against Sweden, and who knows what else. Possession at times seemed to be an end in itself, rather than a means to an end.
Watch Leeds United fan celebrates England win wildly in bar full of ColombiansSouthgate first moved to Harrogate in the early 2000s, after signing for Middlesbrough, with his wife Alison, and the couple have raised their two children, now 19 and 15, in the town.
If you are supporting the Three Lions then that unusual feeling you have is called optimism.
The national teams, which cleared the round of Last 16, are hosts Russia, Croatia, Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden and England.
TALKING POINT: Is football "coming home?"
Imparting belief is an inexact science, but Southgate made clear much lay in deep preparation and in dispelling ghosts. There's no reason not to believe them after watching them outlast the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Mexico just to reach this point. Don't write the Swedes off just yet, England.
Gareth Southgate's team showed the world that they can pass the ball, and keep it, against opponents who would usually expect to dominate possession.
My view is: how can you practise taking a penalty when you're going up to try to get your team in to a final or to save your team? Coach Gareth Southgate isn't about to let that happen.
Dier went on to net the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout which sent England through to the quarter-finals after the tie finished 1-1 after extra-time.
Kane has yet to be given the chance to run into space and onto a killer pass from a teammate but, as England go deeper into the tournament, they can not rely on set-pieces to continue to bail them out.
"I'm reeling because when I spoke to (FIFA president Gianni) Infantino the first time, everything had changed at Federation Internationale de Football Association: the thieves had left, the fixes, everything. and today we saw the opposite - an old and fixed Federation Internationale de Football Association".
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