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Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia

Russia's Alan Dzagoev gestures during the penalty shootout at the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

On the back foot for much of the first 45 minutes, the second panned out as expected, with Croatia controlling possession, just like Spain did against Russian Federation before their penalty shoot-out exit.

Both teams played 2-2 after 12- minutes before Croatia sealed their qualification to the last four of the tournament winning on penalties.

The Russians as hosts did not need to qualify for the World Cup and their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russia, even lower than worldwide football minnows Saudi Arabia.

Defender Mario Fernandes, who had brought his side level through a header in the 115th minute, missed what proved to be the decisive spot-kick, with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic making no mistake to send his team into the semi-finals. There was a happy ending for Croatia, however, as they beat Holland 2-1 in the third-place play-off, with Suker scoring his sixth goal of the tournament to claim the Golden Boot.

After beginning his coaching career at the age of 28 with FC Vevey in Switzerland, Miroslav Blazevic managed several clubs, most notably Dinamo Zagreb, before taking the Croatia helm in 1994.

Southgate has used the stories of that triumph as inspiration, and believes the current team can become even bigger heroes.

Billionaire Anand Mahindra shared a viral video of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic visiting the dressing room of Luka Modric's team.

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"I really wanted to see in the flesh the men who gave us such a fairytale celebration. We want to play our best game". "We will enjoy this game and hopefully we can make history".

England will bid to reach their first World Cup final in more than half a century when they meet Croatia in the last four on Wednesday.

The team and the country are riding a wave of adrenaline in matching the 1998 Croatian team and reaching the semis.

Modric may be the favorite for the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament thus far.

"I can't tell you their gameplan or tactics - but I know our gameplan".

There's no way Croatia is going to have any juice left in the tank for England in the World Cup semifinals, right?

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

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