Suker backs Croatia 'role model' Modric for Ballon d'Or

Suker backs Croatia 'role model' Modric for Ballon d'Or

"I'm really, really sad", said a tearful Laura Russon, 31, clutching an empty bottle of cider.

"I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most attractive page".

The national football team of hosts Russian Federation managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-2 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.

Early on in the game, optimism had ruled.

Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan. The 26-years-old went off during the seventh minute of their extra-time.

"I talked to my mother and she said she dreamed that France would play Croatia and now it is reality".

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday.

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Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game.

"If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle". Rebic took advantage of a Willy Caballero error to volley home the opener before Modric scored his second of the tournament with a brilliant effort 10 minutes from time.

England's game against Croatia will begin at 7pm this evening, with the Three Lions favourites to win.

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the past two weeks.

"The atmosphere's been absolutely electric", said Michael Grant, 36, a London property developer.

Up and down the country, an estimated 30 million people watched the game on television, packing anywhere with a screen, from pubs, bars and restaurants to rooftop screenings, outdoor spaces and cinemas.

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