A look back at their last semi-final run

A look back at their last semi-final run

A look back at their last semi-final run

Igor Akinfeev - the hero against Spain - got a hand to Modric's penalty but the ball remarkably still managed to find the net, halting Russia's momentum before Rakitic sealed the country's passage.

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals since becoming an independent nation. "All the fears that some were trying to put on us with regards to this World Cup, well not only they were not true but it's actually the opposite".

England beat Sweden to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. "We didn't play well in the first half, we didn't control the game as we wanted".

"I hope we can outdo them".

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has heap praised on Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic on helping him scored a crucial penalty during his side's 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final victory over Russian Federation.

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. It was also physically and mentally exhausting.

Croatia booked their semi-final place against England thanks to another penalty shoot-out success, this time against hosts Russian Federation after the sides were level at 2-2 following extra-time.

The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements. At some point, that wave could crash.

He said: "We have power left for England". "Of course this will leave a mark on you. He deserves that we follow him and stick with him, and that moment also shows how together we are and how courageous we are when we are all united".

The emotions were such that Dalic broke down in tears on the sideline after Rakitic's winning penalty. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty, it came bursting out of me".

Peskov said Putin had watched the games remotely. "We need to move forward and I think we believed in our strength and in ourselves".

The team was traveling from Sochi to Moscow on Sunday to set up camp for two days of training ahead of the semifinal. There was a scare for Croatia as Subasic went down clutching his hamstring, but he was okay to continue playing as the referee signalled for extra time.

Dalic said he isn't concerned about his Croatia squad running out of steam.

"Our goals are higher", defender Domagoj Vida said.

Russian Federation forward Artyom Dzyuba talked often of "the fairy tale", and the fans responded with a giant banner for the Spain game urging them to "make the fairy tale come true".

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