England - World Cup - 12 July 2018

Russia scored one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup history by beating Spain in the last 16

Croatia's Dejan Lovren is seen during a training session in Moscow, July 19, 2018. They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience. Croatia also has a prime minister who is in charge of the government while the president leads the parliament and is the head of state.

If Vrsaljko does not make it, one option for Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic will be to bring Vedran Corluka into central defence and push Domagoj Vida out to right-back.

They handed them possession and despite playing four times fewer passes than Spain's 1,137 over 120 minutes, they successfully shut them out of their box.

During the team's last game, the quarterfinal against Russia, she was seated up in a box with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"England are very strong, they have very good individual players".

After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.

In 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.

"Russia is the 70th best team in the world in the company of Cape Verde, Finland, Albania, Jamaica, and others".

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After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase. Subašić was characterized as a more reliable goalkeeper than Akinfeev, the talented Golovin is still inadequate to Modrić, and Mandžukić had the advantage over Artem Dzyuba.

"We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the last 16]".

Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job a year ago after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Alongside them is Inter Milan's Ivan Perišić and upfront the warrior-like Mario Mandžukić. A cracker of a contest awaits in an already cracker of a World Cup.

Dalic's side earned a semifinal berth by beating Russian Federation on penalties while England progressed with a 2-0 win over Sweden. Croatia shouldn't be scared of either and will see this as a great chance to better 1998.

The victory boosted France's morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

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