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Croatia Sacks Coach Ahead of Semi Final Clash with England

Croatia Sacks Coach Ahead of Semi Final Clash with England”

Croatia captain Luka Modric said his side showed character on Saturday to get through "another drama" after edging to a second straight shootout win to knock out Russian Federation and set up a World Cup semi-final with England.

For the second straight game, an English player scored his first global goal in a World Cup knockout match, this time Kieran Trippier sending a sweet free kick into Croatia's net.

"But Croatia can also cause England problems they haven't had before".

He described France as a "top-drawer team with fantastic players", but his own side have earned their place in the final, their victory over England coming after they earlier destroyed Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 3-0 win in the group stage. "For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written", said the 51-year-old Dalic.

Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game.

"Twenty years ago I was back at home in my hometown and I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatia jersey". "But it's a game that's part of the World Cup.so we'll put in that performance and give it the best we can".

At Winnipeg's St. Nicholas, Father Marko Stefanec said the church will hold another viewing party for the World Cup final against France on Sunday.

"I think for the Croatia team, our biggest pressure was beating Denmark in the last 16". I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is huge pain", he wrote.

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"We might have the chance for the revenge in the finals with the French", Plenkovic said. "We want to play our best game".

While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team's then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.

"I hope that against England it will finally be our style of play and our match".



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