Four things we learned from the World Cup quarter-finals

11 July, 2018, 04:03 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Luka Modric Croatia 2018

"It's all there, it's all apparent and we've just got to prepare them as well as we can for the game". "Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

Croatia are viewed as favourites to reach the last four for only the second time since their independence, nearly 20 years to the day that their esteemed class of 1998 took on France - the home side back then, too - for a place in the final.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, the country's former minister of sport, said Russia showed they can play well against a strong opponent.

"It's an adventure", said McNulty.

"So this is something that we need to take note of, and this is something that we need to consider going back to Qatar". France have done that and a team that looked disjointed in mid-June looks compact, solid and threatening after the first week of July: of course they have a fulcrum called N'golo Kante holding things together for them, allowing Paul Pogba, Griezmann and company to shine.

The penalty shootout was a cruel way for the hosts to bow out of the competition, but Russian Federation missed two of their kicks to Croatia's one.

He also converted a penalty in normal time in the last-16 win over Colombia.

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Russia's indefatigable coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, managed to assemble a team that defied all forecasts and made the home nation proud. Croatia has never made the Euro semifinals. "Now is the time and hopefully we can achieve a similar result", Perisic said.

The teams have not met since qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, when England won 4-1 in Zagreb and 5-1 at Wembley Stadium.

The 2002 and 2006 tournaments were particularly frustrating because a win in the final group games would have advanced Croatia to the knockout round.

Despite increasing tensions with the West, Putin has presided over a superbly organised, relaxed and colourful tournament though this does not fool human rights groups who have consistently cautioned he is using the tournament to gloss over his authoritarian rule.

"We took a hard route and we were unlucky, particularly in previous tournaments, especially the Euros". We played at club level as well, ' says striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago before the latter joined Tottenham Hotspur.

In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend.

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