Hosts Russia disappointed but exit World Cup stage with pride
Hosts Russia disappointed but exit World Cup stage with pride
Luka Modric: 'England good at set pieces
11 July, 2018, 07:33
Croatia earned their shot at England after beating hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after the match was tied 2-2 after extra-time as Denis Cheryshev and Mario Fernandes traded goals with Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida.
Russian Federation substitute Alexander Erokhin headed over the bar and Croatia captain Luka Modric subsequently had a shot blocked, but neither team could find a late victor.
"You were not the 12th player - you were the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th players", Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov told the crowd gathered on a scenic hill overlooking Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. "The country believed in us and as a united whole we achieved good results, but we can't stop here and we need to keep striving for more". "We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final". He said what we showed on the field was great.
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Only Croatia, following another penalty shootout in the quarterfinals on Saturday, was able to knock the Russians out of their own tournament.
"The only difference is they will have vociferous fans but every week our team plays with opposing fans howling at them. This shouldn't be a problem for us, and ultimately we should not be hoping to have any excuses".
"Of course there's power left for the English", Dalic said.
"This makes us extremely proud that after 20 years we've reached the semis of the World Cup", the 32-year-old Modric added. But it didn't happen.
"Personally I don't think I played as well as I should have, but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game".
The two sides couldn't be split after 120 minutes as the match ended in a 2-2 draw and it was Croatia who held its nerve best.
Midfielder Denis Cheryshev dedicated his four goals - tied for second-most in the tournament behind England forward Harry Kane's six - to "the whole country".
He believes Kane's "mentality" mimicked that of Wilkinson, who famously kicked England to glory at the Rugby World Cup in 2003. Kane remains focused on England's semifinal rival, who will be the victor of the game between Russian Federation and Croatia .
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