Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

England vs Croatia Match Preview

Luka Modric has captained Croatia in Russia Luka Modric has captained Croatia in Russia
Julia Gonzales | 11 July, 2018, 21:40

After making history with England's first-ever penalty-shootout win at a World Cup against Colombia, the Three Lions did what many of their predecessors would have failed to do-get through a quarter-final against a team of Sweden's calibre in relative comfort.

The second semi-final between England and Croatia will start at 6am tomorrow.

Croatia, though, must not be taken lightly.

Germany had held the title after winning the World Cup four years ago but lost their very next game, a friendly, to Argentina.

England game today is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. ET.

"Biggest win in the tournament". A handsome header by Harry Maguire in the first half was all they needed to win. Croatia enters this must-win 2018 World Cup match at +230, while a draw in regulation is +220. We keep looking to break the barriers down.

While both were pegged to have some success, they've far exceeded their expectations, and one will advance to face France in Sunday's final at the site of Wednesday's clash in Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium.

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And he was clearly delighted to wrap up the move, saying: "Of course, I am very happy to sign for West Ham United ". The 28-year-old scored three goals in 18 appearances for the Bundesliga side after joining in August 2017 .

Croatia relied on penalty shootouts to advance in their round of 16 tie with Denmark, as well as their quarter-final date with Russian Federation, which suggests that they have the collective concentration to last 120 minutes, as well as the cool-headedness to maintain composure during penalties.

While Croatia possess arguably the best central midfield pairing in the tournament in Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Southgate's language does not indicate he is about to bring in Eric Dier as an additional defensive midfielder alongside Jordan Henderson.

"This team is nowhere near the level they´re going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they´re going to have more and more big-match experiences".

Southgate has done a good job of taking the ego out of this England team and the media charm offensive allowing fans to get to know some of the players has been great to see.

The fluidity of the group stages might have disappeared and the physical strain of playing two 120-minute games in a week is likely to take its toll, but Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic insisted his side were ready.

JUST SAYING Croatia: "It won't be easy for us". I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off. We're here to play football, enjoy ourselves and give our all. We will look for the best solutions ahead the match, considering we have a few players with minor issues after the match against Russian Federation. We have not been exhausted.

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