Croatia ready for England in spite of extended matches

11 July, 2018, 07:37 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Luka Modric Croatia 2018

But Fifa said it had studied the video and chose to issue a warning to Vida but would take no further measures.

Russian Federation head coach Stanislav Cherchesov claims his squad have earned the adoration of a nation after reaching the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals on home soil.

They will now take on England at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday for a place in the final.

"It wasn't a handsome game, but it was a battle", Dalic said.

England fans are confident they are closer than ever to regaining the World Cup. It's not a matter of respect - there is great admiration for what the '98 team accomplished - but matching or exceeding what that team did has been a burden in every major tournament for the past 20 years.

And it earned the exhausted group a date with England in the semifinals. I'm sure we will prepare well.

With the crowd silenced following an extra-time header from Croatia defender Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored with his own header in the 115th to send the match to the penalty shootout. "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy".

Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russian Federation - 42 percent, no less - and England has been the master of that department on its run to Wedneday's semifinal match against Croatia.

However, a bigger issue for coach Zlatko Dalic will be how to get more decisive performances from his top players. "Of course he isn't obsessive - he can't be an obsessive fan because he can't permit himself this - but he likes interesting football", Peskov said.

"We have to be united, go forward and apply pressure".

Sixty eight percent of Russians surveyed by pollster VTsIOM said they watched the match against Croatia, while data from MediaScope showed the game attracted similar viewing figures to President Vladimir Putin's New Year address, traditionally one of the mostly widely watched programmes on TV.

It has been a rocky road off the field, too, for Croatia. The pair previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev. That leaves him free to play against England.

After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.

Henry did everything he could to help Belgium bring down France, but ultimately the team with more goals than any in the tournament was unable to score in the semifinals.

The front page of The Moscow Times didn't mince its words on the eve of the World Cup finals.

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