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Is Modric the best midfielder in the world?

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters
Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2018, 17:03

At 1-1, Fernandes missed his shot - only the second player to miss in any of the four shoot-outs at this year's World Cup.

There were times when we lacked energy: "240 minutes of football in six days takes its toll on you", said Modric who, like Mandzukic and Rakitic, is into his thirties.

"Hendo was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change".

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals.

Croatia's long periods of possession were largely unproductive, the final pass was invariably missing and they were surprised by Russia's aggressive approach. Majlis Qatar and Elements Qatar are attracting hundreds of visitors a day in Gorky Park, while the Qatar-Russia portals are giving people a glimpse of life in the two countries.

Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from the Russian capital Moscow after the team's loss to Croatia, said, "While the team went into this competition something of a national joke, no one was laughing at them now".

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"As a kid, you have dreams of playing and scoring for England and how it would feel", he told England's YouTube channel. I am happy that i have been a part of this team, this coach and our football country for nearly 20 years. The Croats won 4-3 on penalties.

And while he didn't score against Sweden on Saturday, Kane still played his part in a confident England display. Kevin De Bruyne has finally come to the party and Lukaku looks the most bullish no. 9 at the World Cup.

The Russian coach thanked the support from fans, saying that they made up "players 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16" of the team. The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here.

The midfielder, by his own admission, didn't have his best game. "Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

'There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is fifty-fifty and you have to fight it out.

"Personally I don't think I played as well as I should have, but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game".