Croatia 'role model' Luka Modric backed for Ballon d'Or by Davor Suker

11 July, 2018, 22:30 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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What if it is going home? "They found a way to win, and then against the hosts as well". Can we take it?

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino prior to the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russia and Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on July 7, 2018.

They have made it to a World Cup semifinal for the first time after 1990, while this is Croatia's second one-the first being their astonishing debut in 1998.

"I'm okay in the stands because I know there is a very thin line between winning and losing", he added.

"Since it has been independent, Croatia has always had a good team, but this is still the best, Even with a steady stream of talent coming through, this Croatia team appears blessed with a special blend". But ever since the group stage, when they upset Argentina, Croatia have failed to turn on the style.

"Russia has surpassed all expectations, but against Croatia, they will have to play much better than against Spain if they want a chance for the semi-finals". Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have shone brightly for their team and will hope to continue doing so.


"I'm happy I was part of this team, with this coach, and of our country's football for almost 20 years". He has sent off John Terry and Gary Cahill (both for Chelsea) and Steven Gerrard (for England), and incensed Sir Alex Ferguson, in his final European match in charge of Manchester United five years ago, by red-carding Nani for a high tackle against Real Madrid.

Croatia have had extra-time and penalties in their two matches in the knockout stage so far, so may not be as well rested as their opponents.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Zlatko Dalic or Gareth Southgate?

France and Belgium muscled their way past big teams to reach the last four, and fought out a tight battle last night.

All eyes will be on her if she shows up for Croatia's game against England, where a win will put the victor one step away from the coveted trophy. In attempting to keep them in some sort of check, the much-improved Jordan Henderson faces his trickiest challenge of the tournament so far.

This trend has powered the rise of teams that traditionally do not do well in World Cups.

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