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Croatia looking to famous Wembley win to inspire another victory over England

Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout Croatia end World Cup run of hosts Russia on penalties in quarters
Adrian Cunningham | 09 July, 2018, 07:18

I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much. He said what we showed on the field was great.

"We know we can do better". "It's going to be a man's match and we will have to step up".

Fernandes had been a hero for Russian Federation earlier when his header in the 115th minute equaliser had sent the match to penalties after Domagoj Vida's goal in the 101st had given Croatia a 2-1 lead.

There would certainly be profound appeal in one of the game's ultimate team players - and the antithesis of some of today's narcissistic footballers - winning the award but, for 90 minutes or however long it takes in Moscow, England fans will hope Modric has an off night.

However, the team's unexpected run came to an end at the hands of Croatia but not before dragging the game to penalties on Saturday.

Lovren is the only player in Croatia's World Cup squiad who is now with an English club, although his teammates Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka both previously played for Tottenham, and forward Andrej Kramaric was formerly at Leicester City.

"We have two matches to play and we are very motivated".

Croatia's captain and spiritual leader, the Real Madrid player is involved in just about everything his team do that is good.

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The national team has been gaining followers and drawing increasing political attention from government leaders with every win. The defending champions at the time defeated Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals and Italy in the semifinals that year, which also made Italy the last host nation to lose on penalties before Saturday.

"It'd be fantastic if the Sbornaya organised a tour of Russian cities and met the fans all over the country", said Anton Voronin from Krasnodar, who was at the historic match against Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Round of 16.

Croatia may be blessed with the talents of Luka Modric - arguably the finest midfielder in the world - and Ivan Rakitic, but is there any reason for England to be genuinely fearful?

"This was not a lovely game, but it was a fight", Dalic commented.

"Harry Kane is the top scorer [in the tournament] with six goals so he's not easy to stop and Raheem Sterling is really risky because he's fast and he links well with Kane but we were able to stop Lionel Messi and Christian Eriksen".

In contrast, France sleep-walked through the group stages, eking out wins over Australia and Peru before a stultifying 0-0 draw with Denmark.

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.

Many fans gave him a standing ovation when he was taken off in the second half.