Croatia vs England Semifinals Live Updates And Latest Match Action

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 11, 2018

England meanwhile is seeking to reach a first final since their only title win at Wembley in 1966 in today's second semifinal at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium - also the venue for Sunday's final.

Fox Sports and Telemundo have seen strong ratings for this year's tournament, with Fox building its numbers that so far peaked with a tournament-high 6.32 million tuning in for the Croatia-Russia quarterfinal Saturday on Fox.

Now France and England have the chance to become world champions for just the second time, and first time away from their own home whilst Croatia look to become the World Cup winners for the first time, not bad considering they've only been a country since 1991. Croatia shone in the group phase, beating Nigeria 2-0 and Argentina 3-0 to make sure of progress to the last 16, allowing them to make nine changes for a 2-1 defeat of Iceland.

The players wore their identification round their neck and black training tops in the Russian rain, as they headed out of their hotel before the game.

"In the past six days, we have spent a lot of energy".

"He was a constant threat to Sweden, of course he hasn't scored the goals he would have liked to have scored but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way that we have been playing", he said.

"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", he said. "It is very near and we will leave our last drop of sweat on the pitch to achieve our goal", he said.

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Following a successful tournament so far, and victories over Tunisia, Panama, Colombia and Sweden, there is a real belief that the Three Lions can now reach the final.

"I'm a little bit anxious about Harry Kane".

"I'm just hoping he's recuperated really well for this one".

If England can find a way to subdue Croatia's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic they will take a large step towards the final.

Russia's Ministry of Communications said the number of applications by Britons for World Cup fan identity documents increased by over 29 percent, or by 6,300 applications, since July 7.

England: "Probably 18 months ago I talked to them about if you have success with England, it will be so much bigger than anything you can imagine, and I think that is probably starting to register with them now".

Croatia relied on penalty shootouts to advance in their round of 16 tie with Denmark, as well as their quarter-final date with Russian Federation, which suggests that they have the collective concentration to last 120 minutes, as well as the cool-headedness to maintain composure during penalties.

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