Rakitic Is In Career-Best Form According To Croatia Coach Dalic

Florence Fletcher
July 12, 2018

The Croats now face France in Sunday's final after the 2-1 extra-time win.

The ongoing Fifa World Cup has delivered classic after classic.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier". We were composed, we controlled the game.

Pop star Cheryl, who earlier tweeted to say she was running late and had missed the first goal, congratulated the team on what they had achieved.

But Fifa said it had studied the video and made a decision to issue a warning to Vida but would take no further measures.

"He could go on and that was the most important thing", Modric said of his goalkeeper.

"I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard". But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?"

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Vida's 101st-minute header saw Croatia go in front but Manuel Fernandes replied and the quarter-final went to penalties with Barcelona midfielder Rakitic netting the winning spot-kick in a 4-3 shootout victory.

We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match (against England).

Coach Zlatko Dalic described the performance as fantasy.

About 10 000 Croatia fans are expected in the 80 000-crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. We're not the finished article, we don't have renowned world-class players. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said. They've scored two goals in every game [except against Denmark in the round of 16]. The favourites, the big teams are home. Those who are hard-working, compact, united, well-organised, they are here in Russian Federation.

"He is a fantastic player who can create magical moments and I think he has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup". "When you've got all these other teams, France, Belgium, England, that's the top teams from the beginning and we are the underdogs".

His friend Joe Carter, 43, from York, added: "We really thought it was going to be different - this was our chance".

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