Mandzukic warns Pickford to expect 'surprise' from Croatia

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With a team featuring Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban, and Robert Prosinečki and wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals in France, sparking delirium at home.

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals.

"This was not a lovely game, it was a fight, a battle for the semi-final", added Dalic, who broke down in tears after Croatia confirmed a first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1998.

Danny, who lives in West London and works for Hackney Council, is now waiting to see if his lookalike's golden touch will take England all the way to Sunday's final.

The game was also the first clean sheet the English have kept in this World Cup and their first in a World Cup knockout stage since 2006, when they beat Ecuador 1-0.

Roberto Martinez is determined to end a streak of one kind for World Cup coaches: All 20 previous World Cup-winning coaches were born in the country they led to the title.

The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England's Premier League and Croatian football.

"I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England's team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

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The team landed in Moscow just after 3:30 pm CET on Sunday after a memorable night in Sochi beating the hosts Russian Federation. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

We saw the best of France going forward when Mbappe blew Argentina away, but I don't think Belgium will be as open as the South Americans were.

The ongoing Fifa World Cup has delivered classic after classic.

Denis Cheryshev's wonder strike in Russia's 2-2 draw against Croatia was the only opening goal in the quarters not to come from a set play, although Croatia's Domagoj Vida later struck from a corner in extra time and Mario Fernandes headed in a free kick to force a shootout in which Croatia triumphed. "More the other night (against Colombia) coming into Saturday", he added.

For the occasion they have decorated their shop, the Taste Croatia deli in Borough Market, with both England and Croatian flags.

There have been 60 matches, 157 goals and four penalty shootouts - but just four teams remain in the 2018 World Cup.

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said.

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