The calm before the semi-final storm

Henry Romero  Reuters

"They don't need any motivation for this now". "We gave everything we could".

Croatia had also needed spot-kicks to get past a dogged Denmark in the last 16, but Modric insisted they would not be exhausted for the last-four clash against England at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

France flew out to St Petersburg for their last-four clash with Belgium...

The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals. Since then, the Croats have exited at the group stage in 2002, 2006 and 2014 and failed to qualify in 2010.

This was quickly followed up with a 3-1 win over Egypt and Cherchesov's' team punching their ticket for the Round of 16. "They've given us belief that we are a genuine footballing country".

"Perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier - social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

Doha will likely have to cope with more fans of European teams.

After the final whistle he celebrated wildly, shouting and pumping his fist in front of the travelling support.

"From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading", the coach added.

Defender Mario Fernandes, who had brought his side level through a header in the 115th minute, missed what proved to be the decisive spot-kick, with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic making no mistake to send his team into the semi-finals.

It was a theme he returned to post-match on Saturday.

'Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998. "I went to Rakitic for advice and he told me just to pick a side and not change it". Let's push the boundaries, let's create our own history and they are continuing to do that all of the time. "We've been briefed in detail about them: how they attack, how they defend. This is the character of the four teams remaining in the tournament". "We have the strength and quality to do that". France will be facing Belgium on July 10 while Croatia will be facing England on July 11 respectively.

Despite Saturday's defeat, Russians have been celebrating, proud of a campaign which saw their players reach the last eight after starting out as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

Southgate is concerned about the demands of the tournament on his players. They're dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful of other players who could probably use a week in the ice bath.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

Related News:

  • Trump has 'little gift' for North Korea's Kim Jong

    Trump has 'little gift' for North Korea's Kim Jong

    Security Council about what needs to be achieved", he said. "If I paid attention to the press, I'd go nuts". The promised remains have yet to be delivered. "Most of the time you don't come back with anything".
    Did Trump ever want to sit down with Mueller?

    Did Trump ever want to sit down with Mueller?

    And - here's a fun thought for POTUS - Michael Cohen might have access to the detonator. Trump's Supreme Court nominee should be involved with the Mueller investigation and Mr.
    Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

    Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

    Wade , the landmark Supreme Court decision that is viewed as a top target by many conservative judicial activists. Senate Democrats are calling for the nominee's confirmation hearing to be postponed after the November elections.
  • Tropical Storm Chris forms from depression off Carolina coast

    Tropical Storm Chris forms from depression off Carolina coast

    The system could degenerate into an open trough by the time it reaches the central Caribbean Sea and Hispaniola on Tuesday. Rodriguez said he doesn't think Puerto Rico is ready for another storm, "not even a small one".
    Putin meeting an accomplishment in itself, envoy says

    Putin meeting an accomplishment in itself, envoy says

    To beg someone to trust in you, we didn't want to do that. "People didn't only start trusting, but loving us". If they trusted us or not, we trusted ourselves.
    4 of 12 Boys Trapped in Thailand Cave Have Been Rescued

    4 of 12 Boys Trapped in Thailand Cave Have Been Rescued

    Heavy rain hit the area on Sunday night, with storms forecast throughout the week for the northern Chiang Rai province. That makes for eight of the 13 people who have been trapped under increasingly risky conditions since late last month.
  • England beats Sweden 2-0, qualifies for the semi-finals

    England beats Sweden 2-0, qualifies for the semi-finals

    It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation , and the centre back's first in global football. Victor Lindelof has been one of if not the standout player for Sweden at this World Cup .
    Pompeo shrugs off North Korea's 'gangster' rebuke

    Pompeo shrugs off North Korea's 'gangster' rebuke

    Even so, the United States envoy yesterday insisted again that he thought the talks were "in good faith and productive". I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same, ' Pompeo said, using the initials for North Korea's official name.
    4 more boys brought out of flooded Thai cave

    4 more boys brought out of flooded Thai cave

    The new stage started around 11 a.m. local time (midnight ET), and operations halted at night, a source confirmed to CBS News. Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are taking part in the rescue operation.
  • Kylie Jenner gets rid of her lip fillers

    During a six-minute clip, Jenner admits that she "bounced back fast", but that her body is not how it was pre-pregnancy. As of September 2017, Kylie's Lip Kit sales have earned her makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics , $420 million in sales.
    Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

    Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

    Falwell insisted only that Trump make his next selection from the list of prospective nominees he released before his election. He also pointed to former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, the latter of whom wrote the Roe v.
    Russian Federation  summit is a good move

    Russian Federation summit is a good move

    Some diplomats fear that Trump will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite US denials. But Hutchinson, and the US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, gave upbeat assessments of the upcoming meetings.


Most liked

Croatia sacks Vukojevic over Ukraine message
Federation Internationale de Football Association later announced a $15,000 fine against Vukojevic, and a warning against Vida. Besides firing Vida, it also issued an apology for the video.

Trump announcing his high court big 'reveal' in prime time
Kyl also was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on Trump's choice for the court. In remarks on " Fox News Sunday ", Graham lamented the expected resistance by Senate Democrats to a Trump nominee.

Surprise package Russian Federation do Cherchesov proud in World Cup defeat
In the second half, the teams they failed to score and the match went into overtime, where the spectators saw two more goals . Croatia is now also the first team to enter the last four stage of a World Cup after surviving two penalty shootouts.

England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden
England trained in Repino on Friday morning before flying to Samara in preparation for their quarter-final meeting with Sweden . In the second half, England doubled its advantage with a header from Dele Alli.