World Cup Semi Final Croatia – England
Croatia’s national team had a perfect lead in Group D of the World Championship in Russia, where it won all matches, defeating Nigeria, 2-0 in Kaliningrad (Oghenekaro Etebo 32 autogol, Luka Modrić 71 penalty), Argentina, 3 -0 in Nizhny Novgorod (Ante Rebić 53, Luka Modrić 80, Ivan Rakitić 90 + 1) and Iceland, 2-1 in Rostov-on-Don (Milan Badelj 53, Ivan Perišić 90 – Gylfi Sigurðsson 76 penalty). Croatia won 9 points out of 9, a performance that only Uruguay and Belgium managed. In the finals, Croatia finished 1-1 at Nizhny Novgorod (Mario Mandžukić 4 – Mathias Jørgensen 1) with 1-1 Denmark, but it was 3-2 after the extra time and the penalty shoot-out. 116 minutes into the match Luka Modrić missed a penalty. In the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, Hrvatska finished again, 2-2 in Sochi with Russia, the country of the final tournament (Andrej Kramarić 39, Domagoj Vida 101 – Denis Cheryshev 31, Mário Fernandes 115), but it was more accurate at penalty shootout, winning 4-3. The team coached by Zlatko Dalić had 3 wins and 2 draws in the 5 games played at CM 2018. “Vatreni” occupied a 4th place at the CM 1998, but since then he has failed to pass the group stage at CM 2002, CM 2006 and CM 2014. Now they have reached a 20-year break in a World Cup semifinal and will surely try to eliminate England, to play the final, the dream of any football player.
The national team of England qualified without any problems in the final finals of the CM 2018, after being ranked second in Group G with 6 points. The English won the first two games, 2-1 with Tunisia at Volgograd (Harry Kane 11, 90 + 1 – Ferjani Sassi 35 penalty) and 6-1 with Panama at Nizhny Novgorod (John Stones 8, 40, Harry Kane 22 penalty, 45 +1 penalty, 62, Jesse Lingard 36 – Felipe Baloy 78) and lost the last, 0-1 with Belgium at Kaliningrad (Adnan Januzaj 51).
In the finals, the British eliminated Colombia in Moscow after 1-1 Harry Kane (57 penalty – Yerry Mina 90 + 3) and 4-3 after the penalty shootout, and in the quarter-finals they easily crossed Sweden, 2 -0 to Samara (Harry Maguire 30, Dele Alli 59). The team trained by Gareth Southgate had 3 wins, a draw and a defeat in the 5 matches played at CM 2018. England was last in the quarterfinals at CM 2002 and CM 2006, and in the semifinals at the 1990 CM. So “The Three Lions “have not played a semifinal at a 28-year World Championship, but they will do so now with Croatia. They once won the World Cup in 1966 when they were hosts and defeated Germany in the final, with a score of 4-2 after extensions.
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The winner of this match will play on July 15, also on the “Luzhniki” stadium in Moscow, the World Cup final with France or Belgium. “Vatreni” have great players such as Dejan Lovren, Ivan Perišić, Ivan Rakitić, Mateo Kovačić, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozović or Mario Mandžukić, and “The Three Lions” have Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, or Harry Kane. Goldsmith Zlatko Dalić can not count on right-wing defender Šime Vrsaljko, who injured in the match against Russia. Atlético Madrid will be substituted by Vedran Ćorluka.
Gareth Southgate has recovered from Kyle Walker’s right-wing defender Dele Alli and midfielder Ashely Young who have had medical problems, but has been in doubt for midfielder Jordan Henderson and striker Jamie Vardy. If Jordan Henderson can not be recovered, he will be replaced by Eric Dier or Fabian Delph. Rakitin, Rebić, Mandjukić, Pjaca, Jedj, Lovren, Strinić, Vida and Pivarić respectively Walker, Loftus-Cheek, Henderson and Maguire already have a yellow card and will have to be very careful because in the event of a warning, the final. In the Euro 2008 preliminaries in the last match of Group E, England played at home with Croatia, which was already qualified, and needed a draw to finish second and qualify, but beat 3-2, the result of which Russia took advantage. The British have taken revenge against the Croats in the 2010 CM Preliminaries, when they beat them clearly with 4-1 (away) and 5-1 (home), but they can not forget they missed Euro 2008 because of them. It will be a very exciting match in which the Croats will easily start with the second chance, but they play better when they are not favorites, while the English want to show everyone they have value, after many said before the final tournament that they have no value and will be quickly eliminated.
Prediction Today: England | over 4.5 corners