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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 July 2006, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Lawro's predictions

By Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport football expert

WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS

FRIDAY

Germany v Argentina
Lawro said: Germany to win on penalties
Actual result: Germany won on penalties

Italy v Ukraine
Lawro said: Italy to win 2-0
Actual result: Italy won 3-0


SATURDAY

England v Portugal
Lawro said: England to win on penalties
Actual result:


Brazil v France - Quarter-final
Brazil v France
(2000 BST)

France's win over Spain was a fantastic result for them but I am not sure they can do it again.

I think the French have one or two weaknesses.

Up front Thierry Henry has not fired as yet.

In midfield, Zinedine Zidane has been a brilliant player and scored a great goal the other day.

But more often than not he holds the ball up too much rather than playing it a bit quicker like they need to.

Brazil have been very, very good - they have got every game right and done all that they had to.

I think France will struggle to get hold of the ball

Their midfield has been brilliant and the number of chances created and passes to the front players has been outstanding.

Like a great team they know that they can play at 60% against some teams and do enough to win and they keep getting a bit better every game.

Much has been made of Ronaldo and yes he is overweight and unfit.

But he has got his confidence back and give him half a yard and half a chance and he is going to score.

I have also been impressed with Ronaldinho. He has not been the world-class star we expect him to be but he has shown he can be a team player and has still played a key role.

They have the likes of Kaka and Robinho who can all win a game.

They are not great defensively and Lucio and Juan are certainly not the best centre-halves in the competition.

But in every game I have seen no team has had the ball against them.

They are never put under much pressure and I think France will also struggle to get hold of the ball.

Prediction: Brazil to win 2-1



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Brazil v France
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