Modric: 'No problem with recovery' for England clash

Tanya Simon
July 8, 2018

But Fernandes followed with Russia's second miss of the shootout.

The win ends a 20-year wait for Croatia to play in the semi final of the World Cup.

Speaking on RTÉ Television, Hamann said: "They'll be going into the semi-final full of confidence".

And will goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, the shoot-out hero against Denmark and Russian Federation, be fully fit after appearing to injure his hamstring late in the game against Russian Federation? Subasic battled on, blocking a shot from a tight angle late in second-half stoppage time.

"He could go on and that was the most important thing", Modric said of his goalkeeper. I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much.

"We were lucky, thank God, and I was concentrated throughout the match, but after the penalties it came bursting out of me".

Brazilian born Mário Fernandes scored Alan Dzagoev's free-kick which landed in the bottom left corner. In the shootout he appeared limited in movement.

"If they fix Olympic stadium, we'll all be there", one fan said.

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Croatia went agonisingly close to taking the lead for the first time on the hour, but Perisic was denied by the upright after Igor Akinfeev flapped at a lofted ball from Kramaric. At that point, Subasic had to go the rest of the way for the Croatians.

Asked about the striker, Rakitic said: "Mandzukic is very important of course, because of his attitude and approach".

Andrej Kramarić's goal against World Cup hosts, Russia.

Football fever has ratcheted up in the country of around four million people, boosted by a thumping 3-0 group-stage win against Argentina and a victory on penalties against Denmark to reach the quarter-finals.

They have scored 14 goals in five World Cup matches in Russian Federation, while topping a group featuring fellow semifinalists England and knocking favourites Brazil out in the quarterfinals.

"We're giving our all".

President Vladimir Putin did not attend the game, but watched remotely, saying the players were heroes despite the defeat and the country was proud of them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by Interfax.

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