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11 July, 2018, 23:19 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Luka Modric

"Health has to be number one, but to play for the Croatian team, to play in the World Cup semi-final, I do not need to even say that I will be giving it 300% to be fit".

Belgium has scored 14 goals in five matches and was hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.

Despite his off-field troubles, Modric been an admirable leader for his team on the field, allowing them to match the great side of 1998 that reached the last four in France.

Nicknamed "the Fiery Ones", that team has stood as an example to their successors ever since.

Apart from the experience of 103 global 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.

This World Cup has been one of surprises. "Why didn't you ask me about when I played well against him?"

But if Modric can rouse himself to control another match against England, they have every chance.

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Croatia has played an accumulated game time of 240 minutes in two matches in the round of sixteen and the quarters. They took photographs of themselves with the crowd and unfurled a banner saying "we play for you".


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The penalty shootout win against hosts Russian Federation in the quarterfinals on Saturday seems to have gone a long way towards achieving that.

Squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, and drivers blaring their horns, people hugging and singing - scenes reminiscent of 1998 are all around as the country of around four million people lives and breathes football.

"But everyone is happy with what we have", he said, adding that he would still watch remaining games, supporting Belgium. We have played five games, but being exhausted can not be an alibi. "We made ourselves happy, but also everyone back in Croatia happy - I don't cry often, but now I had good cause", the coach told reporters.

England have one of the most underrated team in the country's recent history, and have yet managed to outdo all the illustrious heroes of the past twenty years.

Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly.

Russians from all walks of life had been swept up by the progress of their national team, which reached the quarter final despite starting out as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament. These games will decide the final winners.

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