Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering semi-final

Lawrence Kim
July 9, 2018

Now we want the same result as in 2007'.

"Yesterday, there were tears", said defender Sergei Ignashevich.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has insisted that his team will have enough energy left to face England in the World Cup semi final on Wednesday following another set of extra-time and penalties in their dramatic quarter final victory over Russian Federation.

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later.

"England dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent".

"Fiery dream continues! After another thriller Croatia in semi-finals!" said the Sportske Novosti paper's online edition.

Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly. "We have to pay attention to those details and hopefully we will do better with them than we did against Russian Federation". The regular and the 30-minute overtime periods ended in a 2-2 draw.

The national team has been gaining followers and drawing increasing political attention from government leaders with every win.

Subasic wasn't up to kicking the ball though and threw it instead when making clearances. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me".

There's no way they couldn't be after ousting Denmark on penalties in the round of 16, then being forced to extra time again by host Russian Federation on Saturday night.

They were terrific in getting a two-goal lead against Brazil and then put in a mature second half display to hold off the fightback from their South American opponents. I told him that we're disappointed. "It's a semifinal. We will find extra motivation, extra everything, whatever is necessary".

Heading into the competition, Croatia were given a chance to reach the knockout stages thanks to a favourable spot in the group stages.

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

'We like to play against teams like this because we have fast players and it will be a really open game, not like today's or the game against Denmark. "No other team in the world has fans like we do".

The hosts, the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup this year, were second in their group and beat former champions Spain in the last-16 round.

This was not the first time that her support to the team has made headlines.

"You know, the coach, what he has, football comes home", Suker said, referencing England's "Three Lions" song.

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