Finally, Luka Modric gets what he deserves on the worldwide stage

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

The victor of that game faces England or Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.

Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup.

But it was the Croatians who held their nerve from 12 yards, with Fernandes ironically missing the crucial kick for Russian Federation that later gave Ivan Rakitic the chance to win it.

"Play my Croatia, when I see you my heart is on fire!", a popular song, was heard in squares and streets throughout the country. "Before the World Cup, I chose England as one of the favourites", he said. - Croatia have now had eight different scorers at the 2018 World Cup - only Belgium (nine) have had more.

'But that success, that bronze medal from 1998 is still the best achievement in sports (for Croatia) because football is the No 1 sport.

That suggests it has had difficulty putting away its opponents, but it also means it is excelling during the biggest moments.

The host nation bowed out after losing 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw. Seeing the best player, perhaps in the history of his position, on the bench.

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"This was not a attractive game, but it was a fight", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told reporters.

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

Croatia went agonisingly close to taking the lead for the first time on the hour, but Perisic was denied by the upright after Igor Akinfeev flapped at a lofted ball from Kramaric.

Croatia is the first team to win consecutive penalty shootouts since Argentina in 1990 and it's the first time the host country has lost in a shootout since Italy in the same year.

Subasic received an official warning for violating equipment rules related to the "display of a personal message".

Luka Modric admits Croatia need to overcome the fatigue factor if they are to beat England and reach a first ever World Cup final.

England's Harry Kane will face a familiar opponent in the World Cup semi-final when the Three Lions face Croatia.

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