Croatia makes it to finals for the first time

Croatia makes it to finals for the first time

"It was a very hard game for us", said man of the match Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort of his own.

But the spark seems to have gone in knockout stages and instead they have had to rely on more on resilience to get them through against less gifted opponents. It will be a battle but I trust us, I have belief in us'. He was also a key factor in Madrid's third consecutive Champions League victory in May and has slowly cemented himself as the best midfielder in the world in recent years.

Head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov stated at a meeting with fans in the Moscow fan zone of Federation Internationale de Football Association on the Vorobyovy Gory.

Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage. "Thank God everything is fine with him".

The match takes place in Moscow on Wednesday evening, and Dalic has warned his team should not be underestimated.

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The Three Lions have been impressive from dead-ball situations at the tournament, with Harry Maguire's header against Sweden the eighth goal to be scored from a set piece by England in Russian Federation.

The Spurs right-back was one of England's best players throughout the tournament and put the Three Lions ahead in the nation's first World Cup semi-final for 28 years with a stunning free-kick five minutes in against Croatia.

Spectators at Wednesday's match in Moscow booed and whistled the Croatia centre back, after a video posted online earlier in the week showed Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club side Dynamo Kiev, saying "Glory to Ukraine!".

"There are no favourites in this World Cup - every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out". The favourites, the big teams are home.

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