Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

How to watch the semi-finals

How to watch the semi-finals

"For England to beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final, they must stop the best midfielder in the world", Jenas told BBC Sport.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time against Russian Federation but remained in the match and played his role when the game went to penalties.

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", said Dalic.

"We have spent 49 days together: who could believe we are now in the final of the World Cup".

"He is a fantastic player who can create magical moments and I think he has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup".

England takes on Croatia on Wednesday in the second World Cup semifinal, with the victor advancing to Sunday's big game against France. "We have everything needed to do that, a great team, great staff and I hope we will make the extra step", he said.


And nearly as quick as beer went flying in bars across the country, Matt was bombarded with tweets calling on him to fulfil his promise - which, of course, he did.

"They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks".

This they did by pelting the bus of the team, which included Neymar, with stones.

Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks. The teams have not met since qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, when England won 4-1 in Zagreb and 5-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Modric has been on the front line in painful past failures for the national team, missing a penalty in a shootout as Croatia lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. We need to be ready to win that game. I've not met many players as driven as Luka, and I've seen even fewer who are as talented as him.

"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team".

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