Tuesday, 21 August, 2018


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

Russia scored one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup history by beating Spain in the last 16 Russia scored one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup history by beating Spain in the last 16
Noah Ferguson | 11 July, 2018, 23:50

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".

While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team's then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.

Zlatko Dalic's side go into Wednesday's World Cup semi-final knowing they have to improve after battling through two penalty shoot-outs in the knockout stages in Russian Federation.

Grabar-Kitarovic, a known football fan, attended Croatia's matches against Denmark and Russian Federation.

France took full advantage of an Edinson Cavani-less Uruguay, before tournament favourites Brazil were put to the sword by Belgium's incisive counter-attacking in a thrilling game in Kazan. In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend.

"We are four million people, four million coaches and four million players".

"Russia has surpassed all expectations, but against Croatia, they will have to play much better than against Spain if they want a chance for the semi-finals.

Croatia is a better team, but it would not be the first time the host, who before the championship was an outsider, go as far as, let's say, South Korea in 2002", says The Washington Post.

The Telegraph reports that both FIFA, the global football governing body, and Russia have refused to state the number of drug tests the Russian players completed prior to the World Cup.

Croatia may be best suited to counter-attacking and relying on the brilliance of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic against England, according to former worldwide Filip Tapalovic.

To top it off, the most important games are yet to be played.

"We all temporarily forgot our problems, no one thinks about anything else", Robert Halilovic, owner of cafe "Cup 98", named after the 1998 tournament in France, told AFP. I could be with my parents, eating and drinking and watching the game on TV.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it.

Thank God for this generation which has managed to get to a semi-final and justify Croatia's status as a football superpower.at least a small one", the former Chelsea midfielder said.

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