Monday, 22 October, 2018

Croatia’s president hopeful national team advances to FIFA World Cup semis

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Sidney Guerrero | 11 July, 2018, 22:32

England, meanwhile, reached the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years with the help of eight goals from set-pieces, more than any other side in the tournament, including three penalties.

Croatian fans in Croatia and around the world were again taken on a rollercoaster of emotions on Saturday night but it was pure elation and joy as Rakitic sent Croatia into the last four at the World Cup.

England's loss in 1990 was turned into a documentary film and has become a fabled part of the country's "52 years of pain" since their 1966 World Cup triumph.

"We shouldn't be surprised Croatia is in the last four", said Dalic.

Overall, 42 percent of goals in the World Cup have come from set plays or penalties, beating the previous record of 36 per cent from the 1998 World Cup and smashing the portion of goals from these situations in 2014 (27 per cent), 2010 (24 per cent), 2002 (29 per cent) and 1994 (33 per cent).

The path to the final, to history in fact, could not have been easier-no, England cannot be considered a strong side-and this is Croatia's best chance, if they make use of the incredible talent they have in midfield.

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"We are a team who are still improving" Southgate said.

The 51-year-old made it his mission to change that and the results have been spectacular, most notably a 3-0 demolition of Argentina in the group stage, although the side has needed penalties to get past Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the knockout stages. "This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998". The biggest challenge England faced so far was the Belgium game in the group stage which they lost.

"England are unsafe on set pieces", Modric said. I think they actually possess the best midfielder in the world in the moment in Luka Modric.

"Even though they've not had as much game-time as they would have liked, they are as much of a reason why we are where we are". Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit.

Modric played with the England defenders Kyle Walker and Danny Rose at Tottenham while he remembers the baby steps of Harry Kane into the professional game. "I don't know if there is a different mentality but it seems that they are more like a team".

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