Gary Neville's World Cup predictions are very impressive in hindsight

11 July, 2018, 17:05 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Russian fans left heartbroken as Croatia dumps the host nation out the 2018 World Cup

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has received praise from all over the world after she personally attended her country's quarter final victory against World Cup hosts Russian Federation.

But as in the previous match against Denmark - which Croatia also won on penalties after an insipid 1-1 draw - all too often his team mates failed to do anything with them.

"Russia has fallen! Hug, cry".

"It's not the same if you play two 90-minute games, but I believe we have had ample time to recover, and we are professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.

"I wanted to showcase that I am a football fan, like everyone else; I wanted to support the team among other fans in the stands. And I don't see why it would be a surprise that Croatia went this far because we have great players".

Modric has so far played 485 of a possible 510 minutes in Russian Federation but coach Zlatko Dalic while admitting that "all players have had a long season", promised that there is still energy left for England. "We should continue to show that belief against Croatia - we've got a real chance". It was a very tough game against 50,000 people at the stadium.

"We have proved we are a football nation".


Counting injury time, Croatia will have played the equivalent of roughly four matches in 11 days by the end of its semifinal against England - even if it doesn't go to extra time again.

Cars are decorated with red-and-white chequerboard flags and football jerseys are being sold in large numbers.

Croatia star Luka Modric has admitted that he and his team-mates watched the Three Lions 2-0 victory over Sweden and he expects a tough encounter when the two Country's face off in the World Cup semi-final this coming Wednesday.

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

"Fiery dream continues! After another thriller Croatia in semi-finals!" said the Sportske Novosti paper's online edition.

"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.

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