World Cup 2018 Russia - Semifinal - HRVATSKA v England - July 11th, 2018 - Xtratime Community
View Poll Results: Who will win this World Cup 2018 Russia Semifinal match?
HRVATSKA by 2+ goals 3 15.79%
HRVATSKA by 1 goal 9 47.37%
Draw with goals (1-1, 2-2, etc) 5 26.32%
Scoreless Draw 0 0%
England by 1 goal 1 5.26%
England by 2+ goals 1 5.26%
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World Cup 2018 Russia - Semifinal - HRVATSKA v England - July 11th, 2018

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July 11th, 2018 - 20:00 CET (14:00 EDT)

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Should be a great game regardless of the result. But i do hope we beat those Brits. Their media will probably talk alot of smack against us so that will give us an extra boost. Do we go into this game as underdogs?
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Should be a great game regardless of the result. But i do hope we beat those Brits. Their media will probably talk alot of smack against us so that will give us an extra boost. Do we go into this game as underdogs?
we are the underdogs, which kinda plays into our advantage if the English play that way as we are much better on the counter (see Argentina match)
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I hope we fckn destroy the Englezi... not sure about you guys but I'm disgusted in their whining and diving etc. A real turnoff to say the least.

Hope our boys are fully fit and rested as they've pretty much played an extra game this past week.
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I say it before every game no matter whom we play against, Luka will be the best player on the field.

Him and Rakitic will control the midfield...I don't care how much the english run around like chickens with their heads off and pressing them, these two will be our main advantage.

We need to be ready for their set pieces. I watched two of their games partially, and on both their centre backs Stones and Maquire came flying in with thundering header goals. These two are big/strong and fearless in the air and we need to be ready. Yesterday's goal in ot, our defending was horrific, Mandzo in particular just stood there (yes I realize he was dead but he has to do better).

If there ever was a game for Perisic to stand up and deliver, its this. He has to be aggressive and a bit selfish and take his man on to open things up.

What an opportunity awaits us. 90 minutes to play the game of our lives, and we play next Sunday for a shot at the WC.

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Croatia are the better side. I think they will control the midfield and win. Shit , I have been saying this since day one that Croatia are going to the finals😁 ..on a srs note, England has a hot keeper going in and they do have Kane .Sterling does open things up with his speed...and he is due to score a goal!! At the end of the day...1-0, Croatia! Congrats!
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Croatia are the better side. I think they will control the midfield and win. Shit , I have been saying this since day one that Croatia are going to the finals😁 ..on a srs note, England has a hot keeper going in and they do have Kane .Sterling does open things up with his speed...and he is due to score a goal!! At the end of the day...1-0, Croatia! Congrats!
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Cool, England will only get better..they have a shit of youngsters coming through ..their day will come soon..like at Euro 2020. That's my newest prediction 😁

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During the game I realized that if we play Kramaric and Mandzukic from the start we don’t have any forwards on the bench.

I think this game Brozovic will play from the start.
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Croatia are the better side. I think they will control the midfield and win.
Based on what? Overall looking at the two knockout games England have been more convincing, they'll be the fresher outfit and have no injury concerns to their starters.

As to how the teams match up and the individual h2h's I think arguments can be made for both sides. England's pace will test Croatia and their direct style and set pieces isn't something this Croat team has dealt with in this WC. On the other side, Croatia has a much better midfield than both Sweden and Colombia and has the ability to control that part of the pitch. They also have pace and direct goal threats out wide.

The Croats also have the edge in experience but England are young and hungry, to me they look more likely to be the team playing to win. I think that's where their edge lies.



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BTW does anyone else think Vida took off his shirt thinking the game is done?
Nah, he was just too overjoyed. For a second I thought (as did everyone watching with me) that he was carrying a yellow and would be suspended for the semi.

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In this game Croatia needs more players to step up other then Modric who was immense against the Russians. Im waiting for Perisic to finally show up. I still can't believe he didn't score on that chance.
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The boys are in Moscow to get ready for the Semifinal, hopefully they are done traveling which means we will stay in Moscow for the Final!


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we are the underdogs, which kinda plays into our advantage if the English play that way as we are much better on the counter (see Argentina match)
Alot better that we are the underdogs.
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As Gary Neville has said in Russia post-match, the England strenghts are also their own weaknesses. Because yes, we could be able to find some space in their 3-5-2 but also he said how we have a better midfield than them with Rakitic and Modric when they have Alli, Lingard and Henderson.

For them, this match will be a real pleasure to watch because the both teams will attack and will play with passion.

At my eyes, yes we need to be focus on some players. Especially Trippier on the right side, his runs, his calls and his delivery are always perfect. He was unknown before his arrival in the Tottenham squad but today, he's one of the best offensive right back.

Plus the Tottenham connection is hugely present in this team and we must to contain that, not let them to play and take confidence between them. With players like Alli, Dier, Kane, Trippier, Rose, or with Walker who was at Tottenham too.

So Southgate will maybe play with the same line-up as he did in their past matchs during this world cup, with Pickford - Maguire, Stones, Walker - Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Trippier - Kane, Sterling.

With Delph, Rashford and Dier as replacement for Young, Sterling and Henderson.

But yeah, as you said their set pieces are really dangerous and they're all coming from Trippier.

Now, this will be a real test for us because by the past, we had always some problems to play against this type of line-up (look at Mexico, who is playing the 3-5-2 too). And here the stamina aspect is at my eyes really important if we want to counter them because their players are fully fit and really fast with and without the ball. (Offensively and defensively).

The key will be to see our midfield join the attack and not let our 3 strikers alone up front. We'll need to play as a block and counter them as an unit. The croatian legs will be really heavy but this is our only chance to take a result from this match.

Plus Harry Kane is actually my favorite player out of our NT, and we need to be really worried about him because we can't let him 2cm front of him. This guy is clearly a lethal weapon and he is able to score with both foot, header, make the call, the right passes for his lads etc...

This will be really tough for me to see our NT playing against some players from my favorite team who is Tottenham...

But AJMO HRVATSKA !
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