Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

"But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them".

"We keep hearing the same question and we give out the same answer", said Croatia's Ivan Perisic last week.

Victory would see Croatia emulate the achievement of their 1998 side in reaching the last four.

Part of the reason for Croatia's success was another stunning display from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who has now stopped four penalties in shootouts in this World Cup: only Argentina's Sergio Goycochea in 1990 has performed a similar feat, although German keeper Harald Schumacher saved a total of four shootout penalties in 1982 and 1986.

"I can't tell you their gameplan or tactics - but I know our gameplan". And in that case, even if we lose, no one could blame us.

According to world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association he earned a total of 127 caps, scoring nine goals, and holding the record for most global appearances by any Russian player.

This was quickly followed up with a 3-1 win over Egypt and Cherchesov's team punching their ticket for the Round of 16.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

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Cherchesov then devised a clever game plan to counter Spain's passing game, which allowed Russian Federation to eventually squeeze past the 2010 world champions and into the last eight. Mateo Kovacic, meanwhile, is a teammate at Madrid.

"They have been playing at an extremely high level for their clubs".

However, with five minutes of extra time left, Russia's defender Mario Fernandes equalized for the hosts, taking the game to penalties.

But it was not meant to be as Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to advance to a semi-final against England, leaving numerous 48,0000 fans at Sochi's Fisht Stadium in tears.

The playmaker, who won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid before coming to Russian Federation, brushed off suggestions that his performance might put him in the running for the Ballon d'Or prize as the world's best player.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren stated during the World Cup group stage that Modric may have won it already if he was from a bigger country.

As the game went to extra time, and then penalties, the beers kept flowing and Mandzukic's bar tab sailed past 3000 pounds ($5325), according to Croatian news site 24Sata who said the 32-year-old outlaid 25,000 kuna toward the bill. There is disappointment but we showed that you can be proud of the Sbornaya because we played worthy football.

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