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Modric chasing World Cup dream

Modric chasing World Cup dream Modric chasing World Cup dream
Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 10:50

Samedov ended his time in the national team after the defeat on penalties against Croatia in Sochi, the 33-year-old from Spartak Moscow saying, "I have decided that it is time to go". On the other hand, the more you have, the more you want.

With no further goals in the second half, the match was forced into extra-time, where Domagoj Vida put the visitors in front after 10 minutes.

The emotions were such that Dalic broke down in tears on the sideline after Rakitic's winning penalty.

The Russian government is also doing its part to tempt Three Lions fans to join Gareth Southgate's men in Moscow on Wednesday for the semi-final against Croatia by offering a fast-track visa service.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Dalic said: "We can not choose our opponents, hosts or otherwise". "He congratulated us on a very good game".

Modric himself is not fussed with the Golden Ball or the World Player award in September, because "the most important thing is Croatia".

Several hundred fans from Slavonski Brod watched the shootout on big screens in the grounds of Brod Fortress on a bar tab provided by hometown hero - and the team's star striker - Mario Mandzukic.

"The teams that are hard-working, compact and united are the teams that are still here".

Belgium and Croatia will now be seeking a first World Cup final appearance, while France could reach a third after 1998 and 2006, and England have to go back to Wembley 1966 for their one and only final.

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", Cherchesov said.

"I would give Luka three votes if I could", said Suker, who played for Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, West Ham and 1860 Munich during his career, and is now his country's football supremo, after Modric helped Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-finals.

"We leave the tournament with tears in our eyes but our heads held high", the team tweeted as the stadium emptied of the 45,000 or so who had lost their voices cheering them on.

"There were times when we lacked energy: 240 minutes of football in six days takes its toll on you", said Modric who, like Mandzukic and Rakitic, is into his thirties.

After playing consecutive matches that stretched till shoot-outs, Croatia must recover quickly before facing England in the last-four stage.