Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Pressure on Belgium's golden generation, England can outlast Croatia

Pressure on Belgium's golden generation, England can outlast Croatia

"I am playing on a great team with a great coach, a real coach, and with players who give themselves fully to the game".

The team said in a Twitter post that it was leaving the tournament "with tears in our eyes, but with our heads held high". But I spoke to the lads today and none of us fancied going home.

"It's a pride for all Croats to have a player like Luka, but I do not like to see him in Madrid", he said.

Thousands of other red-and-white-painted supporters celebrated the victory at fan zones in the capital and other cities. Alexander Golovin stressed that the emotions he had felt during the championship would stay in his heart for the rest of his life. Not only is that now the best result of the 2018 World Cup for the Rupert Murdoch owned outlet in the early metrics but it is also the best any Men's match has done on any American network since the 2014 Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament's Germany winning final. "This was my last match for the national team", news agency TASS quoted the 33-year-old as saying. "But here no one was dissatisfied, not in the dressing room and not on the pitch", he said. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said. These squads have the opportunity to play in the final of the biggest worldwide competition and it should easily be an interesting battle.

"We have proved we are a football nation".

"I'm very pleased at how the team played the whole World Cup, how it showed it character and worked to the maximum", said Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov. The regular and the 30-minute overtime periods ended in a 2-2 draw. Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to set-up a semi-final meeting with England.

In its previous Last 16 match, Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 on penalties. The quarter-final result still stings for Stanislav Cherchesov's side, but it was overshadowed by a sense of pride for the team, who managed to defy all the pre-tournament predictions, not only qualifying from the group but even beating the 2010 world champions Spain in the Round of 16.

Croatia will play England in the last four in Moscow on Thursday morning (Singapore time), as they aim to outdo the team of 20 years ago.

And they have opted to keep faith with that kit to face England next week in the hope it can help guide them into the first World Cup final in their history.

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