Russian Federation 2018: Croatia Fear England’s Sterling In Semi-Final

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22

For a country like Croatia, with a population of little over four million, to be in the semi-finals of the World Cup is a remarkable achievement.

An England football fan and his Croatian wife will be "sitting at opposite ends of the sofa" as their home nations clash in the World Cup semi-final.

Despite their last two matches going the distance, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic insists his team will have plenty in the tank for the battle with England.

However, with Croatia having had eight different goalscorers at these finals - fewer only than Belgium - Mandzukic thinks his side will have the weapons to beat the former Sunderland man.

Before this year, Belgium's best ever World Cup performance was a fourth place finish in 1986.

In the shootout, Mateo Kovacic missed his kick for Croatia, but two misses by Russia's Fedor Smolov and Fernandes handed The Blazers passage to the semis where England await.

"It's amusing because at first I didn't think I did look like him, but with all the people approaching me about it they can't all be wrong!"

"The Russia team fought well".

"It's a great story for me, it was my first time outside Croatia, everything was really new", he said.

England, the 1966 World Cup champion, last reached the semifinals in 1990.

"We came to support our team as we do not think they lost", said Kristina Ladygina, waiting at the Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan fest" zone for the players to appear.

"We should have finished the job before penalties, but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama", said Luka Modric, whose penalty bounced off Subasic's hand and the post before entering the other side of the net.

The 31-year-old Lloris describes the Belgium lineup as "quite simply, the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game".

Modric has scored twice in Russian Federation, including a fabulous goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage, and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russian Federation. In the knock-out stages, the Red Devils came from two goals down against Japan to win 3-2 before dumping favourites Brazil out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage with a fine 2-1 win.

"I hope it is (coming home)".

"We are glad that this generation experiences its own 1998, that they can see live what football euphoria looks like ... at least we will not have to explain it to them on YouTube any more", Sportske novosti added.

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said.