A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

12 July, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • FIFA World Cup 2018: Quarter-final roundup and semi-final schedule

Desolation and dreams of what might have been littered the path out of Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, as supporters trudged towards the metro and into the night.

Arguably the favourites on paper to win the title lie on the other side of the draw, with France and Belgium duking it out for a spot in the decider.

The last time Les Bleus were in the last four at a World Cup, a penalty from captain Zidane gave France a 1-0 win over Portugal in Germany 2006.

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russian Federation for a place in the final.

"Yesterday and today I would have experienced the same feelings towards me, if I were in your place", said Fedor Smolov, sharing the blame for the quarter-final defeat in which he missed a penalty against Croatia.

"This makes us extremely proud that after 20 years we've reached the semis of the World Cup", the 32-year-old Modric added.

"We've played our hearts out throughout the tournament". He said what we showed on the field was great.


"We knew what was at stake and how important the semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", Perisic said. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

The Croats were to suffer a similar late reverse when eventual champions Portugal defeated them in extra-time of the Euro 2016 Last 16 clash.

"I like the style of England, how they play with the young players, how they move", he told Omnisport.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes victory over England on Wednesday would spark the biggest party in the country's short history. If they play in that way, I'd expect them to have too much for Croatia. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good.

"I was in Nice to watch us lose to Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy".

"There weren't clear changes that we thought could change it". I think the difference between the teams will be Kylian Mbappe (11/1 to score a brace).

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