Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Top 5 players to look out for in the semis

Top 5 players to look out for in the semis

Bilic, who is a mentor to several of the present squad, including Modric having nurtured their talent as Croatia's Under-21 coach before becoming boss of the national side, added he is confident this team can go one better than he and his teammates in 1998 and reach the final.

Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job past year after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "We hope for a victory", Plenkovic, dressed in a football jersey, told reporters before leaving for Moscow.

"So we feared the worst in a penalty shoot-out against Denmark".

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was a shootout hero for a second consecutive match after persevering through an apparent hamstring injury he picked up in the second half.

Mandzukic and Croatia will meet England in tonight's World Cup semifinal.

And the singing continued long into the night as players enjoyed a midnight meal together at the hotel with more renditions of Moja Domovina.

"He shows great potential and I am sure he has a bright future". "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him? Thank God everything is fine with him".

Host country left the tournament after unexpectedly successful performance, while its victorious opponent, Croatia, found itself surrounded by a number of controversies.

"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me".

The match takes place in Moscow on Wednesday evening, and Dalic has warned his team should not be underestimated.

Earlier players partied inside the dressing room in a raucous atmosphere as they toasted reaching the final four of the tournament.

"Those memories are painful and the players realise this is their time", said Bilic.

The managers at two bars in Moscow that have been showing World Cup games said their venues had been packed to the rafters whenever Russian Federation was playing, but that they did not expect the high demand to continue. The favourites, the big teams are home. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly. "Maybe we can change something".

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