“Obviously England can have a good day or an even better day. England is a young team‚ has a lot of harmony and you can tell they have a lot of faith in themselves.
“Now a different kind of match is heading our way‚ these will be completely full-on‚ to the death matches‚ win or you are out. These are extreme situations.”
Colombia will be sweating over the fitness of star man James Rodriguez‚ who came off injured after 30 minutes in the 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday. PEACE AND LOVE
Russian football has a long history with acts of racism and there had been fears that this World Cup would be a hot-bed for right-wing extremists in the country.
But so far there have been no incidents reported and the Russians have been exemplary hosts‚ according to Piara Powar‚ the head of the FARE network‚ an organisation that monitors discrimination in European soccer.
“There has been nothing on a major scale and nothing from Russians‚" Powar said.
“That was one of the concerns of course coming into the tournament. So that's all good news from our point of view.”
But Powar added that it should not mean that Russia does not have a racism problem.
“We know that during the World Cup period‚ the population sort of understand that they are in the spotlight. The world is watching."