A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2018

England's last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France.

England and Croatia will face each other play in the semi-finals on Wednesday. They are two great players, everyone knows that. We watched England in all their games and they play really well.

"We did win. Most importantly, they won for us, for the whole country".

Win and they will be one step closer to achieving the feats of their 1966 team - the only one from England that has tasted glory at world football's showpiece tournament. "We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

"Once in a lifetime - Modric's "Fiery Ones" fight for World Cup final!" read the Sportske Novosti daily front page. I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off. "You'll see it on the field". When Ivan Rakitic's penalty sealed Croatia's spot in the semifinals, the coach broke down into tears.

The players, who suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat on Saturday, unfurled a huge banner reading "We are playing for you" in a tribute to their devoted fans and their passionate support during the tournament.

England started off with a hard-fought victory against Tunisia, and if that fuelled belief, they thrashed Panama 6-1 in their next match.

The criminal case hasn't affected Croatia's progress to its first World Cup semifinal in 20 years, despite Modric being charged with perjury in March.

"We are a tennis tournament but we are aware that there is something special going on elsewhere".

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.

He added: "People get Wimbledon and we get the balance right".

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