Luka Modric is eager to fulfill 'great expectations' placed on Croatia 07/10/2018

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance.

Croatia right-back Sime Vrsaljko will reportedly not make the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final against England on Wednesday on account of a knee injury. England have been far more reliant on set-play strategy than fellow semi-finalists Belgium and France, who have struck three goals each from them, while their next opponents Croatia have scored from only one set piece and one penalty.

Before the tournament, Lawro correctly chose 14 of the 16 teams that reached the first knockout stage, including Brazil- his pick to win the tournament - and England, who he thought would go out in the quarter-finals.

"England play a bit different to previously", he said.

Zlatko Dalic's men face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday in what will be Croatia's second last-four clash at the showpiece tournament.

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And so, after England beat Sweden in Saturday's first quarterfinal, and Croatia won yet another penalty shootout, against yet another European opponent - this time Russian Federation, whose valiant underdog display will be remembered for years to come - we are now left with four teams and two pulsating encounters. "He congratulated us on a very good game".

Real Madrid midfielder Modric said: "Maybe it is written in the stars that we had to go through the extra drama".

The regular and the 30-minute overtime periods ended in a 2-2 draw. "The most important for me is my team winning the World Cup".

Adding a little more to the stats trivia package, the Croatian win yesterday was the highest MM result for any event on Fox or Fox Sports since the 5.1 that the Daytona 500 raced to on February 18. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals".

"To inspire kids watching this tournament is unbelievable because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England". It was a great experience I could talk about for days. "It will be a battle again", he said.

However, Rakitic ensured that Croatia prevailed in the shoot-out, their second in a row after beating Denmark on penalties in the last round.

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