Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

Gareth Southgate's side will now face Croatia, who knocked out hosts Russian Federation on penalties, in the semi-finals in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

Rakitic also scored in Croatia's group-stage win over Argentina, with the nation reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998.

"From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn't finish the game".

"Another drama for us", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric. By the time they get back to Moscow again, France will have racked up 1,300 miles (about 2,100 kilometers) and Belgium will have gone 1,700 miles (about 2,700 kilometers) in about five days.

Dalic, however, said there was plenty left in the tank.

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The toll both games have taken on the Croatia squad was evident at the end of extra time against the hosts with several players sprawled out on the turf at full-time.

"I think so. At the World Cup he played one of the best matches for the national team, he continues with good performances for Barcelona, and he and Modrić are probably the best tandem midfielders in the world right now". Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said the team had played with all the heart and soul.

"But money isn't playing, Ferrari isn't playing, watches aren't playing, just 11 against 11 warriors in the World Cup".

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Vedran Corluka was deep into his umpteenth interview of the night when the Croatia defender was asked if Luka Modric, his country's captain and conductor, might have a chance of winning the Ballon d'Or this year. Give me Mario Mandzukic on the rampage, setting up an equaliser for Andrej Kramaric. "Thank you from the bottom of my soul - we love you". We are giving our all.

Ivan Perišić for Croatia had a near miss with 30 minutes to go with many celebrating before watching the ball rebound across the face of the goal.

The incident occurred during the Round of 16 meeting last week at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium that saw Croatia advance on penalties against Denmark.

Police officers and fans watch the broadcast of the World Cup quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia in central Saint Petersburg, Russia July 7, 2018.

Figueira Fernandes then went from hero to zero, nevertheless, striking his penalty wide and allowing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to step up and tuck away the victor.

"This was a good game, and a attractive one".

That does not happen very often, however, and, as Russian Federation discovered to their cost on another breathless evening in Sochi at the weekend, Modric's fallow periods in matches tend to be fleeting.

Yet Cheryshev has left his mark on this World Cup, and his run was about as improbable as Russia's.

The team then went on to beat Spain, the 2010 World Cup champions, in penalty kicks in the round of 16 last week.