Three Lions were 'lucky' against Colombia, says Croatia legend Davor Suker

Lynette Rowe
July 9, 2018

That said, Suker, who helped Croatia reach the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup, has credited the Three Lions for their improvement this summer. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

"Not only is he playing well throughout the match, but he is showing great confidence about him which he proved with two decisive penalties in the round of 16 and the quarter-finals". They will have to play much better, " said Reuters ahead of the game.

What kind of recovery Croatia can muster over the next three days may ultimately determine if it has a chance of taking out England and reaching the World Cup final for the first time when the sides meet in the semifinals on Wednesday night in Moscow.

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

In Moscow, the area behind Red Square was the unofficial beating heart of this World Cup. Now that the home team is finally out, will its fans - who have filled most of the seats throughout the tournament - pick a favorite from the semifinalists, or go back to treating soccer with a shrug?

Croatia ace Luka Modric admits England's set pieces are the biggest concern heading into the World Cup semifinal.

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You would not know that Croatia is a country of only 4.5 million people based on their adventures in Russian Federation this summer, where they are now in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. "It's an fantastic feeling to be going to a semi-final at a World Cup". "My mum and sister watched every one of their World Cup games at my place, passionately supporting them, and they have never watched football in their lives!" "I'm happy that I was part of this team, with this coach and this country for nearly 20 years", he added.

Having beaten Argentina 3-0 in the group, Croatia have not subsequently been as fluent.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how England's Three Lions defeated Sweden 2-0 margin courtesy of two headed goals from Harry Maguire's 30th minute and Dele Alli's 59th minute during Saturday's quarterfinal fixture to book passage into the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

It was a dramatic end to the quarterfinal for Croatia goalkeeper Subasic who went down with what appeared to be a hamstring injury late in regulation time.

Prediction France have improved after a slow start in the group stages where they made hard work of Australia and Peru.

The players and fans sang the national anthem together before the team left the Fan Fest venue to chants of "Thank you". Against Denmark - who they also beat on penalties - Croatia were passive while against the hosts at the weekend they were only sporadically fluent.

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