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‘Moja Domovina!’: Croatia celebrate after defeating Russian Federation by singing patriotic songs

‘Moja Domovina!’: Croatia celebrate after defeating Russian Federation by singing patriotic songs”

"We are in a World Cup semi-final".

"If we had England's money, who knows where we'd be in our country?" "We've got to win because we play better". That is a great source of pride for us. But we have top centre-backs. "It's going to be a hard task for all of us".

"This is really a big day for Croatian sport and football, it is a success that we will remember for generations".

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.

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored the last penalty for Croatia to send them to the semifinal where they will face England. They then edged out Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final with England.

"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.

"It's his quality that he's been showing for many years".

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later.

He has, however, noted the set-piece threat posed by Gareth Southgate's men.

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners".

About 10,000 Croatia fans are expected among 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

This is the first time in 16 years that two teams took a quarterfinal to extra time, after having played extra time in the round of 16 as well.

Despite his off-field troubles, Modric been an admirable leader for his team on the field, allowing them to match the great side of 1998 that reached the last four in France.

"I have all respect for Harry Kane". "It's completely irrelevant, that one defeat against Spurs". Since this is his last World Cup, given his age, I'm very glad he's among the last four at the World Cup, but all the other players are putting in that effort. You're nitpicking at my poor performances.

"I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard".



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