Mario Mandzukic: Croatia have what it takes to surprise England keeper Pickford

Mario Mandzukic: Croatia have what it takes to surprise England keeper Pickford

Mario Mandzukic: Croatia have what it takes to surprise England keeper Pickford

Gareth Southgate s young team swept Sweden aside 2-0 on Saturday, sparking mass celebrations in England, where at least 20 million people watched the match on TV.

Mandzukic's wish in all likelihood became reality, with fans celebrating long into the night after Croatia knocked out Russian Federation on penalties to reach only their second World Cup semifinal in their history.

The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.

Victory would see Croatia emulate the achievement of their 1998 side in reaching the last four.

"Southgreat" trumpeted the Sun on Sunday.

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"What can I say?" Now they can dream of a grander ambition. We are facing a huge game in the quarter-finals and it doesn't matter who the opponents are.

But it was not meant to be as Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to advance to a semi-final against England, leaving numerous 48,0000 fans at Sochi's Fisht Stadium in tears.

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.

But Fifa said it had studied the video and chose to issue a warning to Vida but would take no further measures.

"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public".

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After contributing to England's victory against Sweden, Southgate's charges now take on Croatia for a spot in the World Cup final. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it's a good one. "No-one wants to go home".

The slogan was part of the former Soviet republic's pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014 and the video angered Russian officials, who urged Federation Internationale de Football Association to take the toughest measures possible against the Balkan country.

The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighbouring states. "It's just a continuation of a great season that he had at Barcelona", Dalic told the press. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals".

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game". The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here.

"We felt your support from the first second". reported quoting forward. Cherchesov walked into the room still visibly dazed after the dramatic ending.

"The World Cup was a strong motivation of me".

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It is usually said that going first in a penalty shootout is beneficial, but this World Cup is bucking that trend.

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