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

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"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that, but we have nothing to lose".

Croatia will play England in the last four in Moscow on Wednesday, as they aim to outdo the team of 20 years ago. Croatia needed penalty kicks, however, in order to knock host Russian Federation out of the running.

"This was not a handsome game, but it was a fight", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told reporters.

Forbes even wrote 5 things to know before the encounter, giving Croatia the advantage. Vida makes it 2-1 in the 100th minute.

Luka Modric, Domagoj Vida and Andrej Kramaric were among those leading the way as the squad headed back to their Radisson Blu Hotel base in Sochi.

Both Belgium and France are stacked with highly talented forwards and midfielders, but the French have been less reliant on one player to do the scoring than Belgium, who has leaned heavily on Romelu Lukaku.

Kimi Raikkonen - My mistake cost pole position at Silverstone
Also, the speed tomorrow is less than in qualifying, because you have more fuel and you'll be a bit slower so it's going to be OK".

In extra time, Subasic blocked and smothered Daler Kuziaev's attempt, which appeared to be a game-saver until Fernandes came unmarked on a free kick and his header to the far post couldn't be stopped in the 115th minute. The winners of those game advance to the final, set for Sunday, July 15.

His hand was forced when Sime Vrsaljko went down with a knee injury early in extra time and Dalic was forced to use his final substitution to replace the defender. The Three Lions won 5-1 that night at Wembley to seal their qualification for the 2010 World Cup, having also won the reverse fixture 4-1 when Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick.

Penalties were required and after Smolov's feeble Panenka attempt with the first effort was foiled by Subasic, parity was restored when Akinfeev got down to his left to keep out Mateo Kovacic's second attempt for Croatia.

Ivan Perišić for Croatia had a near miss with 30 minutes to go with many celebrating before watching the ball rebound across the face of the goal. "We here in Russian Federation do not feel the joy of our fans in the cities of Croatia, but surely the emotions are very special", Kramaric said.

"I remember in Moehlin in Switzerland, my home town, we were all insane, we rooted, we wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are", Rakitic, who had dual citizenship but opted to play for Croatia, recalled.

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