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Modric chasing World Cup dream

10 July 2018

"We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support.

There's no way the Croatia players will have any juice left for England in the World Cup semifinals, right?

Saudi Arabia and Egypt were swept aside in the group stage.

However, the team's unexpected run came to an end at the hands of Croatia but not before dragging the game to penalties on Saturday.

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov. In 1998, we had it with Zvonimir Boban, a huge name, a huge person so you need to have these guys. From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading. "The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big".

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The first to speak to the fans was the team's chief coach Stanislav Cherchesov who thanked all those who had supported the team.

"The mood in central Moscow tonight is: the Russian team has lost, long live the Russian team", he said.

Looking forward to the match against England, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told a press conference on Sunday that the game would be more open.

Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russian Federation - 42 percent, no less - and England has been the master of that department on its run to Wedneday's semifinal match against Croatia. Majority sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic appeared to tweak his hamstring against Russian Federation, which kept him from taking goal kicks by the end of the match.

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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the team's performance "magnificent" after the watching the game from a VIP box with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

"He watched, he was rooting for the team". What they did was impressive, but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing, which is very positive. Ignashevich, 38, is in fact quitting the game for good, acknowledging it was a hard decision to take but was quoted as saying that "I could have hardly imagined to end my career with such a highlight".

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Dalic said: "We can not choose our opponents, hosts or otherwise".

"Thank you, Russia. For the atmosphere and the celebration of football".

"At certain times we lacked power but we played two times 120 minutes of football in six days", Modric said.

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Modric chasing World Cup dream