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 Neymar could return to the World Cup stage on Monday as Brazil continues its bid to be crowned king for the sixth time against South Korea Superstar striker Neymar has been absent from Brazil since he sprained his ankle in his team s opening Group G win against Serbia last month and his supporters have been sweating over his fitness ever since Coach Tite said Neymar would be assessed in the final training session before Brazil s game on Sunday but gave a strong hint that the Paris Saint Germain attacker would start He s going to train this afternoon and if he s okay he ll play tomorrow Tite told reporters His return would be a huge boost as Brazil have scored just once since Neymar suffered an ankle injury and lost Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus for the remainder of the World Cup on Saturday South Korea reached the semifinals 20 years ago when the tournament was split between their country and Japan who also play Croatia on Monday The Koreans have not reached the round of 16 since 2010 and only reached the round of 16 in Qatar thanks to a stoppage time goal from Hwang Hee chan in their final group game against Portugal They will need a different performance to the June friendly between the two teams when Brazil cruised to a 5 1 victory with Neymar scoring two penalties We have good memories of 2002 reaching the quarter finals and we want to revive that said Korea midfielder Kim Jin su who was 10 at the time We have waited so long to get to this knockout stage and we all really wanted to go that far Japanese veteran Yuto Nagatomo said his team will once again show the world their samurai spirit in their clash with unbeaten Croatia having stunned Germany and Spain en route to the top of Group E Before the battle the samurai polished their weapons and refined their technique but if they were afraid in battle all that would be for nothing the former Inter Milan left back said on Sunday The most important thing is to have courage Mbappe shines England cruiser Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show again for France with a superb brace that plunged Poland 3 1 and gave the world champions a delicious round of 16 showdown with England which they won easily 3 0 over Senegal Paris Saint Germain superstar Mbappe scored two dizzying second half goals after fellow veteran striker Olivier Giroud became France s all time leading goalscorer with his 52nd goal for his fair country before half time Mbappe called the World Cup his obsession after his winning performance which took his tally to a tournament leading five and also included an assist for Giroud s record breaking first match The only goal for me is to win the World Cup said the 23 year old That s what I m dreaming of I didn t come here to win the Ballon d Or for the best player That s not why I m here I am here to win and help the French team France will face England on Saturday at the Al Bayt Stadium where Gareth Southgate s side beat Senegal in a performance full of positives including the form of teenage sensation Jude Bellingham The 19 year old Bellingham set up Jordan Henderson s opening goal and the Borussia Dortmund midfielder was once again involved as England captain Kane scored his first goal at this World Cup and surpassed Gary Lineker as the all time top scorer England s times in major tournaments Bukayo Saka scored England s third in the 57th minute to secure a comfortable win and set up a great draw with one of the pre tournament favourites We ll enjoy this one but then our focus turns to that it s going to be a really tough game captain Kane said They are reigning champions but it s a good fight
Neymar close to World Cup return, England and France set up last eight matchup

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Neymar could return to the World Cup stage on Monday as Brazil continues its bid to be crowned king for the sixth time against South Korea.

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Superstar striker Neymar has been absent from Brazil since he sprained his ankle in his team’s opening Group G win against Serbia last month and his supporters have been sweating over his fitness ever since.

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Coach Tite said Neymar would be assessed in the final training session before Brazil’s game on Sunday, but gave a strong hint that the Paris Saint-Germain attacker would start.

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“He’s going to train this afternoon and if he’s okay, he’ll play tomorrow,” Tite told reporters.

His return would be a huge boost, as Brazil have scored just once since Neymar suffered an ankle injury and lost Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus for the remainder of the World Cup on Saturday.

South Korea reached the semifinals 20 years ago when the tournament was split between their country and Japan, who also play Croatia on Monday.

The Koreans have not reached the round of 16 since 2010 and only reached the round of 16 in Qatar thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Hwang Hee-chan in their final group game against Portugal.

They will need a different performance to the June friendly between the two teams, when Brazil cruised to a 5-1 victory with Neymar scoring two penalties.

“We have good memories of 2002, reaching the quarter-finals and we want to revive that,” said Korea midfielder Kim Jin-su, who was 10 at the time.

“We have waited so long to get to this knockout stage and we all really wanted to go that far.

” Japanese veteran Yuto Nagatomo said his team will once again show the world their samurai spirit in their clash with unbeaten Croatia, having stunned Germany and Spain en route to the top of Group E.

“Before the battle, the samurai polished their weapons and refined their technique, but if they were afraid in battle, all that would be for nothing,” the former Inter Milan left-back said on Sunday.

“The most important thing is to have courage.

– Mbappe shines, England cruiser – Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show again for France with a superb brace that plunged Poland 3-1 and gave the world champions a delicious round of 16 showdown with England, which they won easily 3-0 over Senegal.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe scored two dizzying second-half goals after fellow veteran striker Olivier Giroud became France’s all-time leading goalscorer with his 52nd goal for his fair country.

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Mbappe called the World Cup his “obsession” after his winning performance, which took his tally to a tournament-leading five and also included an assist for Giroud’s record-breaking first match.

“The only goal for me is to win the World Cup,” said the 23-year-old.

“That’s what I’m dreaming of.

I didn’t come here to win the Ballon d’Or (for the best player).

That’s not why I’m here.

I am here to win and help the French team”.

France will face England on Saturday at the Al Bayt Stadium, where Gareth Southgate’s side beat Senegal in a performance full of positives, including the form of teenage sensation Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old Bellingham set up Jordan Henderson’s opening goal and the Borussia Dortmund midfielder was once again involved as England captain Kane scored his first goal at this World Cup and surpassed Gary Lineker as the all-time top scorer.

England’s times in major tournaments.

Bukayo Saka scored England’s third in the 57th minute to secure a comfortable win and set up a great draw with one of the pre-tournament favourites.

“We’ll enjoy this one, but then our focus turns to that, it’s going to be a really tough game,” captain Kane said.

“They are reigning champions, but it’s a good fight.

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