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Luka Modric Pleased To Get Through 'Another Drama' At World Cup

09 July 2018

While England have played 480 minutes and been involved in one penalty shootout in Russia, Croatia have played 30 minutes more and their past two games have gone to penalties. Akinfeev looked to have saved Luka Modric's penalty but it came back off the inside of the post and span back into the net in cruel manner. We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation.

Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored the equalizing goal in extra time, but then sent his penalty wide of the net in the shootout.

Croatia players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout. Croatia are in the semi-finals.

"It doesn't' have to be 3-0", Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said.

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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.

Even for England, they have progressed into the semi-finals of the World Cup for only the third time, having also done so in 1966 and 1990. In the first halftime, we should have had more control of the ball, while in the second half we were dominant. This World Cup campaign is also probably the last time for a cohort of talented players like Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic to sign off with worldwide silverware.

This was the first time since 1994 that a team tied a match after going behind in extra-time.

France also boasts a slightly better back line, and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris may be a bit easier to trust in a high-stakes match than Subasic. They started the tournament with little hope and there were genuine fears that they could go out in the group stage.

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By the time you read this, either Croatia or host Russian Federation will be out of contention for the World Cup title, and all four semi-final places will be settled. "Hard work brought us here and we have to play a good game tomorrow and progress against the host nation and move closer to emulating the Croatia team of '98".

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Luka Modric Pleased To Get Through 'Another Drama' At World Cup