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"Croatia is a better team, but it would not be the first time the host, who before the championship was an outsider, go as far as, let's say, South Korea in 2002", says The Washington Post. Can we take it?

"I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard".

Russian Federation had delivered the ideal opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football.

Apart from the experience of 103 worldwide appearances, Lloris has a few other things going his way when he's trying to stop them - including the fact he's faced numerous Belgians already while playing for Tottenham in the Premier League.

Cherchesov then devised a clever game plan to counter Spain's passing game, which allowed Russian Federation to eventually squeeze past the 2010 world champions and into the last eight.

"There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out".

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I think he needs to use all his shots better. "You have to learn from your losses but I think I put a decent level out on court". The fourth set was tighter but Djokovic's more rounded game and experience ultimately proved decisive.

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After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase. Our biggest pressure was the game against Denmark. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will once again operate in the middle of the pitch with Mario Mandzukic again playing the lone striker role.

Two days before the clash with England he sounded more confident. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford have done what Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Joe Hart couldn't.

That mattered little though for battling coach Stanislav Cherchesov who assembled a team that defied all forecasts and made the home nation proud. In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend. The French ran out winners and are all but ready to lift the trophy.

All eyes will be on her if she shows up for Croatia's game against England, where a win will put the victor one step away from the coveted trophy.

France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium is only slightly worse off.

But first, they will have to decide among themselves who is more worthy. Other than Perišić (29) though, the trio are all the wrong side of 30 and may not see another World Cup.

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