Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

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"Croatian dream continues", the paper said, remembering the success of the legendary 1998 team, who reached the semi-finals in Croatia's first World Cup as an independent nation.

Immediately after his penalty went in Rakitic was mobbed by his team-mates - in repeat scenes of Croatia's last-16 shootout victory over Denmark.

The Russians were eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday after losing a quarter-final thriller against Croatia, who claimed their second penalty shootout win in a row.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches when they meet in the semifinals in St. Petersburg.

After beginning his coaching career at the age of 28 with FC Vevey in Switzerland, Miroslav Blazevic managed several clubs, most notably Dinamo Zagreb, before taking the Croatia helm in 1994. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

Croatia is the heavy favorite in the quarterfinal matchup with the host team, and a win over the Russians would be held in the same esteem as its quarterfinal win over Germany that happened 20 years ago this week. "We're going home", Cheryshev told Match TV.

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"Russia played a very good game, particularly in the first half, they surprised us, they pressed us very high, we could not build up our play", Modric said.

"We will have to improve on our set-piece defending between now and Wednesday as we conceded from one at the end of the game today".

With the crowd silenced following an extra-time header from Croatia defender Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored with his own header in the 115th to send the match to the penalty shootout.

Russian Federation had delivered the flawless opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football.

Yes, Croatia may have one of the best individual players in the tournament with what Luka Modric has done in matching the deepest run ever by the country. "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour".

However, May is likely to overturn her own decision should the Three Lions reach the final tournament later this week. Croatia's population is just over four million and, of the 32 countries at the 2018 World Cup, only Panama, Uruguay and Iceland are home to fewer people. It might never come around again for me, so I'm trying to take every opportunity, bringing everything I've learned at [Manchester] City and my career to the table.

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