What do we know about England's World Cup semi-final opponents Croatia?

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Croatia will now face England on Wednesday evening at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with a place in the World Cup final at stake.

Both Belgium and France are stacked with highly talented forwards and midfielders, but the French have been less reliant on one player to do the scoring than Belgium, who has leaned heavily on Romelu Lukaku.

Stuff's footballing experts try to predict the outcomes of the two semifinal matches at the World Cup.

Other fans looked to the future on the heels of Russia's best World Cup performance since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

However, it was not to be for the resilient hosts, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving Fedor Smolov's penalty and Fernandes firing wide before Rakitic kept his composure to send Croatia through.

It has many soccer fans looking forward to 2026, when Montreal will host up to six World Cup games.

That suggests it has had difficulty putting away its opponents, but it also means it is excelling during the biggest moments.

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Burgundy Lion co-owner Paul Desbaillets wouldn't give exact figures, but said English fans have been fairly thirsty, and not just for a win.

Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

Croatia stymied Russia's positive start as Russian Federation focused on counter-attacking but Ivan Perisic glanced a header wide as Dalic's men struggled to turn possession into clear-cut chances.

But Rakitic jumped to the defence of his midfield co-star after the match. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good.

Luka Modric admits Croatia need to overcome the fatigue factor if they are to beat England and reach a first ever World Cup final.

Lovren added that he was confident right-back Sime Vrsaljko would recover from the muscle injury that forced him off in extra time against Russian Federation. After that match, Subasic revealed he had been playing in tribute to a dead friend.

Jordan Henderson wasn't able to shackle the Croatian captain in the Champions League final, but will have to shut him down if England are to advance to their first World Cup final in 52 years.

Speaking on RTÉ Television, Hamann said: "They'll be going into the semi-final full of confidence".

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