Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

Doug Mendoza
July 9, 2018

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored the last penalty for Croatia to send them to the semifinal where they will face England.

American media has heavily analyzed and forecasted the games at the World Cup even though their team didn't make it to Russian Federation.

"Thank you, Russia. For the atmosphere and the celebration of football". I still fancy England because I think they've been the more impressive or dominant team. The regular and the 30-minute overtime periods ended in a 2-2 draw.

Modric and Rakitic were decisive in the shootout but didn't play up to expectations in regulation and extra time, unable to create many significant chances for Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic up front.

"They've shown character once again", Dalic said.

Yes, Croatia may have one of the best individual players in the tournament with what Luka Modric has done in matching the deepest run ever by the country. If all of these pieces click as well as they did earlier in the competition, there's every reason to believe that Croatia could win the whole thing.

The Russian tactician added that he had told Putin that the team was disappointed after the heartbreaking loss but that the 65-year-old leader asked them to get over it and focus on the future.

"I'm sure we will recover well", he said.

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is the only player in the Croatian team now playing in the English Premier League. The European side hadn't managed to taste success in seven matches in the lead-up to the quadrennial tournament and lost a few key players, including influential striker Alexandr Kokorin, to injury.

Croatia, despite being sluggish in the knockout stages, have been effective, and have matched the feats of Davor Suker and Co from 1998.

The semi-final will be played on Wednesday and it promises to be an enthralling affair.

"Yesterday and today I would have experienced the same feelings towards me, if I were in your place", said Fedor Smolov, sharing the blame for the quarter-final defeat in which he missed a penalty against Croatia.

"They're very unsafe on set-pieces", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric.

Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

How they got there France made smooth work of beating Uruguay 2-0 in their quarter-final, with Raphael Varane and Antonie Griezmann the goalscorers. And Mother Russia's penalty shootout anguish. Croatia can build a game, can play on a counter, crossing, and can score even outside of the box.

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