Belgium aim to make first final

Belgium aim to make first final

Yet against Croatia he would have been England's best option to take their opponents on at their own game, with clever and inventive passing, masterful possession football and a growing ability to dictate the game.

That is four goals-per-game on average, which would be comfortably higher than the current figure at the 2018 World Cup, which stands at 2.62 goals-per-match.

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Croatia's last appearance in the semi-finals was in the 1998 World Cup in France. "We are ready to go, no one will complain about anything", Mandzukic said.

France is now the favourite to win the World CupThe first semi-final showdown will feature two teams who defeated two former World champions and title contenders - Uruguay and Brazil in their quarter-final matches.

And it is Belgium who have the better recent record against one of their oldest rivals. Although, it's impossible to watch the World Cup when you have kids. There has been an emergence of newer teams like Croatia who have proved their mettle on this grand stage.

England continued their prolific use of set-plays to break the deadlock in their 2-0 win over Sweden when Harry Maguire headed home from a corner. Thank you very much to our fans. Backing over 2.5 goals in the game could see you more than double your money at a price of 2.10, while under 2.5 goals is slightly shorter at 1.70.

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A lot of them sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn. It's our second time in the semi-finals, after 1998, and it makes us extremely proud and happy".

Croatia are not thought to have any injury concerns for the match, with all players available for Monday's training session, which attracted a huge media scrum including more than two dozen camera teams.

The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later.

Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening. We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation. England has really grown as a team and Southgate has done a great job.

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute.

After dominating a group that featured Argentina - who they humbled 3-0 - Croatia were expected to be more dominant in their matches against Denmark and Russian Federation, both of which they were comfortable favourites for.