Ranking 2018 World Cup final matchups between Belgium, France, England, Croatia

Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout

After finishing at 2-2 at the end of regulation time, Croatia and Russian Federation headed into the penalty shoot-out to decide the victor which will face England in the semi-final next Wednesday. "We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support. "It's up to us now which games we play in".

Croatia's wait to return to a World Cup semi-final has been shorter than England's 28-year absence. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. In fact, started off by Harry Maguire's goal that got the new knights of St. George off and running yesterday morning and then another by Dele Alli, the England game was also up from its 2014 comparable. We have all of the requisites for that - we have a great team, backroom staff, coach, and I hope we will be able to make that extra step to reach the final'.

It set the tone as Croatia became the first team since Argentina in 1990 to win consecutive World Cup games on penalties. They finished third in 1998.

After a lively opening, the game dropped off, with sessions of head tennis in midfield, but it was Russia's more rustic approach which paid off first as they went ahead out of the blue.

"We gave everything we could".

"We were a little unlucky. But now we are collecting those debts in this World Cup". By the time they get back to Moscow again, France will have racked up 1,300 miles (about 2,100 kilometers) and Belgium will have gone 1,700 miles (about 2,700 kilometers) in about five days.

After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player. "I did not want to offend anyone", said the Croatian hero from Sochi. These squads have the opportunity to play in the final of the biggest global competition and it should easily be an interesting battle.

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.