Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Why Croatia will beat England

Why Croatia will beat England

Russia's unexpected World Cup run ended on penalties after a thrilling quarter-final against Croatia on Saturday, and the hosts left the stage having earned the admiration of fans both home and overseas for their indomitable spirit.

Volunteers display the Sweden and England banners prior to the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018.

Zlatko Dalic's team take on England in the semi-final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, where they will bid to record their country's best performance at the tournament by reaching the showpiece.

He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard. We think it's fantastic for the spirit of the nation and there was a very good atmosphere here on Saturday when England beat Sweden. "If I had a vote, I would vote for Luka", he said.

The victor faces France in the final after the European nation made it to the final thanks to a second-half Samwel Umtiti goal that was enough to end Belgium's hope of achieving silverware in the World's most prestigious competition.

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"They fought. It was a real playoff match against not the weakest team in the world".

The Three Lions have scored eight times from set-pieces in Russian Federation already, the most at a World Cup since Portugal in 1966. But you have a great team and it will be a really hard game. When Ivan Rakitic's penalty sealed Croatia's spot in the semifinals, the coach broke down into tears.

England stars Ashley Young, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling have enjoyed luck down England's left flank at this tournament and may see their chances aided by Vrsaljko's absence.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky". "We have free public Wi-Fi in many areas, so if people want to watch quietly on their phone or tablet they are able to do so".

All in all, Croatia are a better-organized team in all departments as compared to England whose players' quest for individual brilliance will be their major undoing.

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