Ex-Russia Midfielder Says Modric Best Player at 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Moscow, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the victor in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener.

The booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semi-final against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game [against England]. I wanted to substitute but no one wanted to be subbed, everybody kept saying "I'm ready, I can run on", he said.

"It was wonderful because all the allies were cheering for all of us, mostly", she said.

England scored yet another set piece goal on Wednesday to earn an early 1-0 lead over Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.

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"It's a massive game for us, we all know that, but there's no need to make it bigger than what it already is", he told a press conference on the eve of the match. "We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects". Indeed, many spectators thought the same, given that the Croatian side came from two successive matches that went to penalties. Through their performances and spirit, they gave the nation reason to believe and made us dream.

Croatia has reached semis for the first time in 20 years.

"Now we face just emotion talking, we were not able to analyze the game, we are glad to greet you all, we were together, you were our 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th players", Cherchesov said.

Croatia were last in the semi-finals in 1998 and captain Luka Modric reckons their good fortune is long overdue.

Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage.