Croatia to work on defending set-pieces: Modric

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

Russia's unexpectedly strong performance in World Cup 2018 has won over a new generation of fans despite the team's exit at the quarter-final stage.

There were times when we lacked energy: "240 minutes of football in six days takes its toll on you", said Modric who, like Mandzukic and Rakitic, is into his thirties. "We want to play our best game then".

Meanwhile, Bangladesh fans posted on the comment section of FIFA's post expressing joy and happiness while fans from overseas also cheered for Bangladesh. Alexander Golovin stressed that the emotions he had felt during the championship would stay in his heart for the rest of his life.

She added: "We have been very clear as to why we took that decision in relation to ministers".

"Thank you, Russia. For the atmosphere and the celebration of football".

Sergei Ignashevich, who said on Saturday he was finishing his sports career, thanked the fans, saying, "My biggest thanks to you all and each one of you personally".

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", he said.

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"In my personal opinion, I think this is the best he's played for the Croatian national team".

"We have proved we are a football nation".

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after their win over Russian Federation in the quarter-final match of World Cup 2018 at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.

Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi.

After finishing second in their Group to fellow semi finalists Belgium, Gareth Southgate's side has incredibly found itself on the easier side of the draw, avoiding the likes of France, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, while Spain and Germany faced early elimination.

Former Croatia worldwide Filip Tapalovic has been surprised by the nation's World Cup run, highlighting their mentality and team spirit as crucial.

The 2018 hosts were knocked out of the tournament after a long, hard match against Croatia in Sochi, which received praise from fans and critics alike.

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