Putin to Attend 2018 World Cup Final

Grant SmithJul 11, 2018

Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia fans watch Russia vs Croatia - FIFA Fan Fest, Moscow, Russia - July 7, 2018 A Russia fan reacts during the game.

Zlatko Dalic's men thought they had won the game when centre-back Domagoj Vida put them in front in extra time, only for Russia's Mario Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute and snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw.

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

Croatia advanced to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998, against England in Moscow on Wednesday.

But if Modric can rouse himself to control another match against England, they have every chance. Neither of those overall performances, however, were worthy of potential World Cup winners, nor did they seem to do justice to the quality of Croatia's line-up, which is one of the most gifted in Russian Federation.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war. We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation.

When Croatia stormed through the group stage with nine points from three games, they did in indeed look like serious contenders.

There were flashes of brilliance - Ante Rebic leading the way in that department - but Croatia lacked the bite to really hurt the hosts, though the post did deny Perisic and the Balkan nation from taking a second-half lead.

It remains their finest World Cup result to date. The win against Spain was a minor miracle and fruit of their hard-work, courage and a necessary bit of luck. "We saw how good they are from dead balls so we will have to focus more on defending set pieces".

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

While Putin sat out the Russia-Croatia quarter-final, his Croatian counterpart, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, was in the stadium, wearing the red and white of the Croatian flag. "We have succeeded I believe, but it's time to take a step forward". "We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final".

Harry Kane looked tired at the end of Saturday's game, and Jordan Henderson was taken off as a precaution. Of course I have an important role on a daily basis, but the credit goes to my players.

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