Daily Digest: World Cup semi-final match-ups set as England and Croatia win

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Good morning, David Cooper here with everything you need to know in the world of sport.

TOP STORY

Croatia have reached the semi-finals after another nervy win.

Croatia reached the semi-finals after another nervy win.

England will face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals after Zlatko Dalic’s side beat hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in their last-eight match in Sochi.

Ivan Rakitic converted the decisive spot-kick after Mario Fernandes, who had netted an equaliser for Russia with five minutes of extra-time remaining, hit his effort from 12 yards wide.

Denis Cheryshev had put Russia in front in the 31st minute with a superb strike – his fourth goal of the tournament – but that was cancelled out eight minutes later by Andrej Kramaric’s header.

Croatia, having gone close in the 60th minute when Ivan Perisic hit a post, then had the lead in the 11th minute of extra-time as Domagoj Vida nodded in, before Fernandes brought things level late on once again with a header of his own.

Croatia’s win sees them emulate their 1998 achievement of reaching the World Cup’s last four.

They will now take on England at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday for a place in the final.

Head to our dedicated World Cup section for full analysis from both of yesterday’s matches.

CRICKET

Ben Stokes could feature for England today.

Alex Hales knows he may be about to go from match-winner to instant fall-guy if England bring Ben Stokes back from injury for their Vitality IT20 series decider.

The hosts have Hales to thank that they still have a shot at victory, rather than trying to avoid a whitewash, against India on Sunday in Bristol after his unbeaten 58 levelled the score at 1-1.

Hales held his nerve, and unleashed the power when 12 runs were still needed from the final over, hitting the first ball for six into Cardiff’s River Taff off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as England got home narrowly.

Read more cricket news.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Man at the helm: Gareth Southgate.

Matt Monaghan takes a closer look at England’s impossible World Cup dream and the hope boss Gareth Southgate has given a nation.

Read his piece here.

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As ever, we were across all of Saturday’s pulsating World Cup footy!

Emulating the stars of 1998! Nicely done, Croatia! 👏🇭🇷

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

International Cricket: Australia v Pakistan Tri-Series Final, Harare (12:00); England v India Final IT20, Bristol (17:00)

Formula One: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (17:10)

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Daily Digest: Brilliant Belgium defeat Brazil to set-up World Cup semi-final with France

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Good morning, David Cooper here with everything you need to know in the world of sport.

TOP STORY

Belgium celebrate reaching the last four and setting up France clash.

Last night, Belgium produced a stunning performance to claim a place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over five-times champions Brazil in Kazan.

A Fernandinho own goal and fierce strike from Kevin De Bruyne put Roberto Martinez’s side in early control of a compelling encounter.

Brazil responded after the break and pulled one back through substitute Renato Augusto 14 minutes from time but Belgium withstood considerable pressure to hold on, although they were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty.

Gabriel Jesus looked to have been caught in the box by his Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany but, despite a VAR review, nothing was given.

Thibaut Courtois also made a brilliant fingertip save to keep out a Neymar effort in injury time.

Belgium will now take on France, who overcome Uruguay in the earlier last eight match, on Tuesday in their semi-final.

Head to our dedicated World Cup section for much more and everything you need to know ahead of today’s final two quarter-final clashes.

CRICKET

Cool, calm and collected: Alex Hales.

On Friday night, Alex Hales held his nerve with an unbeaten half-century to ensure England‘s series-levelling five-wicket win over India in Cardiff.

Eoin Morgan’s men needed to restate their white-ball credentials after their chastening defeat three days ago – and they did so effectively to set up a T20 decider in Bristol on Sunday.

Hales (58 not out) hit a straight six off the first ball of the previously miserly Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s final over as England chased down 148 for five with two balls to spare.

Read more cricket analysis.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Neymar couldn't lift Brazil as they crashed out of the World Cup.

Neymar couldn’t lift Brazil as they crashed out of the World Cup.

Sport360’s Andy West analysed the contest between Belgium and Brazil, and brings you his talking points, here.

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A show-stopping display from @hazardeden_10! 🙌

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Chose not to join them at @fcbarcelona. Knocked them out of the #WorldCup! 😱

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

World Cup Quarter-Finals: Sweden v England (18:00), Russia v Croatia (22:00)

Tennis: Wimbledon Day 6, from (13:00)

Formula One: British Grand Prix Qualifying at Silverstone

Cycling: Tour de France starts

Lewis Hamilton has an excellent record on home soil.

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10 basic parkour moves you can learn to help build strength and confidence

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Dubai is seeing growing popularity of parkour – a training discipline developed from military. Far from just jumping from obstacle to obstacle, parkour, a non-competitive sport, is a discipline that enables you to travel freely through any terrain while developing balance, strength, dynamism, endurance, and precision.

If you’ve never tried it, here are ten basic moves you can learn to get you up and running.

The roll

This is what you’ll need to master if you’re going to take up parkour. When you’re jumping between objects you need to know how to land safely. The roll helps to disperse the impact. You should aim to roll diagonally using your shoulder so that you’re not rolling on your spine.

Quadrupedal movement

You basic motion is running on all fours, which helps with coordination and conditioning. What’s good about it is you can practise pretty much anywhere, on flat ground or on a ledge. It’s about getting your body low to the ground and using both hands and feet.

Balance

Freerunners need to have good balance to do parkour moves successfully. Balance is as much about concentration as it is your body movement. The best way to improve is to start small, like walking along a curb and building up confidence to walk along a railing or ledge.

Precision jumping

Parkour involves a lot of jumping between objects, which means you’ve got to master the technique of landing in the right spot. If you’re jumping between two rails any slip and you’ll be off balance. Practice with two cracks in the pavement and landing in the right spot on the balls of your feet, to give yourself most control.

Vault: One hand and one leg on the object

Vault: One hand and one leg on the object

Safety vault

This is using one hand and one leg on an object. It’s simple and anyone can do it. Find a ledge that’s low enough for you to put a single hand on and jump up onto it with one leg, usually the opposite leg to arm. Practising that motion will build your coordination.

Wall running

This is very easy and you don’t have to pretending to be a superhero to practise. Run towards a wall and put your foot up on the wall and push off. You can do this in all different directions to get you into the next move. As you get more confident you can add in two or three steps along the wall before you land back on the ground.

Turn vault

The basic move is doing the vault over a handrail, usually in a situation to get down off a drop, and turning yourself as you do it. You don’t want to put too much weight on the centre of the turn, reach your arms out so you’re spreading your bodyweight and not putting it all on one area.

Jump spin

If you get dizzy easily you should start by practising jumping on flat ground with a 90-degree turn. In the air, turn your arms and hips and the rest of the body will follow as you land. Build up from 90 to 720-degree.

Bar swing

For this exercise you need to be able to hold your own bodyweight on a bar or ledge. You want to build momentum by swinging your feet out and then bringing your knees up as you’re about to swing away from the bar. The more you do this the further you can swing and jump from the bar.

Once you’ve got the basics down you can combine them all to get a parkour sequence under your belt.

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