Luka Modric Pleased To Get Through 'Another Drama' At World Cup

Russia players during training ahead of their quarterfinals match against Croatia

Russia players during training ahead of their quarterfinals match against Croatia

Croatia reached the World Cup semi-finals for just the second time in their history as an independent nation by beating the hosts Russian Federation in Sochi.

"But they [Croatia] have been behind in both knockout games and then they had the setback of missing a penalty in extra-time against Denmark and still found a way on penalties".

Croatia scored their 10th goal at the 2018 World Cup, their second-best yield for a single tournament, one less than what their third-placed 1998 team managed on debut in France.

Injuries have become a concern for Croatia.

"He could go on and that was the most important thing", Modric said of his goalkeeper. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.

Russian Denis Vasilyev says "This was the best match I've seen in my entire life, but Croatia was a bit stronger". "Thank God everything is fine with him".

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

Previous meetings England won their only previous clash at a major tournament, at Euro 2004, with a 4-2 triumph where Wayne Rooney scored twice. We have everything we need: a good team, a ideal coach and an excellent support.

Croatia did get some revenge for that by ensuring England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 in November 2007 with a 3-2 win at Wembley Stadium.

With this, Belgium may have the tougher road ahead, but if they play their style of football they can play the role of the capable underdog and beat the mighty French team and book a spot in the final.

With the final four set, the ties have got all the more hard to predict. Andrew Voerman, Ben Strang, Phillip Rollo and Tony Smith will give it their best shot. He was replaced by Vedran Corluka, the team's fourth substitution, meaning Croatia can't sub Subasic if the match goes to penalties. "I am proud to be part of this team that will remain enrolled as one of the biggest in Croatian sports. The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here". Liverpool's Dejan Lovren and the scary Domagoj Vida hold the key to containing the England captain. "We have succeeded I believe, but it's time to take a step forward".

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