Russia World Cup squad greeted by thousands in Moscow fan zone

Russia World Cup squad greeted by thousands in Moscow fan zone

We are giving our all.

Speaking to ITV, former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic said winning the World Cup would be the greatest sporting achievement in the country's history, which he now rates as a third-placed finish at France 1998.

Excitement was building in Croatia on July 11 ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England, with tens of thousands of fans expected to watch the match on public screens across the country.

Modric has scored twice in Russian Federation, including a fabulous goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage, and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russian Federation.

"He is one of the best strikers in the world now but I like to challenge these strikers and to show everyone that I am one of the best defenders".

"Luka has achieved everything possible at club level but hasn't done so for the national team".

"Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said.


Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes. "He's one of the great (England) threats but he is not alone".

Two years ago they were knocked out of Euro 2016 after conceding a late goal in extra-time against Portugal.

The second half gave us very little but Ivan Perisic looked certain to score when he shot from inside the area, the ball hit the inside of the post but somehow didn't go in. We were lucky, thank God.

That allowed Croatia to reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France, which was their first as an independent nation. "And they have this incredible spirit, like England have".

"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team. His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

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