18:00 GMT 11 July 2018
The Croatia vs. England match will be played on Wednesday, July 11, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. This is the World Cup second semifinal match. Croatia eliminated Russia in the quarterfinal after a penalty shootout, while England was better than Sweden.
These teams played seven games against each other up to date. England won four matches, Croatia recorded two wins, while only one match ended in a draw. In the last two games played in World Cup qualifying cycle, England humiliated Croatia by 4:1 and 5:1.
Croatia qualified for the last four of World Cup for the second time since gaining independence from Yugoslavia. In 1998, they finished third after beating The Netherlands, but they were defeated in their semifinal match against France, which went on to win the title. They became one of the dark horses of the tournament after beating Argentina by 3:0 in group phase, but in the knockout phase they failed to live up to the expectations. Although Croatia eliminated both Denmark and Russia, they didn't perform well and they advanced after penalty shootout both times. There is a strong possibility that Croatian key players, such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic are tired.
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England is in the semis for the first time since 1990. Their fans believe that the time has come for the World Cup trophy to "come home". Harry Kane is the absolute leader of this team, and the best goal scorer of the tournament, with six goals.
Latest matches: England
English team is a slight favorite in the upcoming game. Croatia depends on Luka Modric; does he have the strength to pull out another impressive game? In the English team, all eyes will be set on Harry Kane, and his duel with Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida; England should have an edge there. We believe that both teams will score at least one goal in the upcoming game.
11 July 2018 - 18:00 GMT
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