"There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out".
He also netted in the subsequent penalty shootout. The victor will book their place in the World Cup final against either Belgium or France.
"The World Cup was a strong motivation of me".
As reported, on July 7, Croatia defeated Russian Federation in the World Cup 2018 quarterfinals in a penalty series. Japan scored two against them in the round of 16 only to concede a third in the last minute; how Brazil didn't score two - or more - in their quarterfinal we'll never know.
Both teams are filled with some of the best players in the world.
Belgium have impressed against everyone they have played, and even when they did slip, going two down to Japan in the second round, they had the goal power to fight back and triumph.
Belgium has Romelu Lukaku leading the line, with Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, and Eden Hazard playing behind the striker.
Croatia won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the quarterfinal was tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time. England's Harry Kane leads all scorers with six goals in Russian Federation.
After extra time ended with the score level at 2-2, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was Croatia's penalty hero, denying Fedor Smolov before Mario Fernandes fired wide.
Croatia grabbed the last place in the final four on Wednesday after eliminating hosts Russian Federation on penalties. He scored four goals, helped to drag a team widely expected to crash out at the group stages to within a penalty shoot-out on the semis and shone throughout. Subasic battled on, blocking a shot from a tight angle late in second-half stoppage time.
Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrates with courageous goalkeeper Danijel Subasic after their win over Russian Federation on Saturday.
The Barcelona midfielder scored the victor from the spot in the tense shoot-out against Denmark after goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and then kept his cool again last night to send Croatia into the semi-finals and set up a tasty encounter with England.
Rakitic remains the ideal foil to Modric.
So far, England have played games in Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Moscow's Spartak Stadium and Samara.
But Rakitic jumped to the defence of his midfield co-star after the match. "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy". Liverpool's Dejan Lovren and the scary Domagoj Vida hold the key to containing the England captain.
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