Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to semifinals

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Only time will tell, but till then - here are the predictions for both semi-final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side have already "managed to stop Messi" and so can cope with England's Harry Kane in Wednesday's semi-final.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990. Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title.

England take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 1900BST on Wednesday, hoping to get the win that would see them return to the same venue to face either France or Belgium in the final.

I think their players will realise they will never ever have a chance of getting into a World Cup final, and also of winning the thing.

And so, after England beat Sweden in Saturday's first quarterfinal, and Croatia won yet another penalty shootout, against yet another European opponent - this time Russian Federation, whose valiant underdog display will be remembered for years to come - we are now left with four teams and two pulsating encounters.

"We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic.

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The FIFA World Cup 2018 has entered the quarter final stage as eight teams remain in the competition. The match takes places on July 7th at 9:00 the Fisht Stadium, Sochi .

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Southgate said it vindicated his decision to play a weakened team in the final group game against Belgium.

Denis Cheryshev's wonder strike in Russia's 2-2 draw against Croatia was the only opening goal in the quarters not to come from a set play, although Croatia's Domagoj Vida later struck from a corner in extra time and Mario Fernandes headed in a free kick to force a shootout in which Croatia triumphed.

Immediately after his penalty went in Rakitic was mobbed by his team-mates - in repeat scenes of Croatia's last-16 shootout victory over Denmark.

"They were sending them to their mums, dads and grandparents who wouldn't believe them when they said how similar I looked!"

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match. "More the other night (against Colombia) coming into Saturday", he added.

Although Croatia went on to suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to host nation France in the semifinals, they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff. It was a great experience I could talk about for days.