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9 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 8 July, 2018 11:47:18 PM
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Modric pleased to get through ‘another drama’

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Modric pleased to get through ‘another drama’
Luka Modric

AFP, SOCHI: Croatia captain Luka Modric said his side showed character on Saturday to get through "another drama" after edging to a second straight shootout win to knock out Russia and set up a World Cup semi-final with England.

Zlatko Dalic’s men thought they had won the game when centre-back Domagoj Vida put them in front in extra time, only for Russia’s Mario Fernandes to head home and snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw.

"Another drama for us," said Real Madrid midfielder Modric. "We didn’t play well in the first half, we didn’t control the game as we wanted.

"From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish the game."

Croatia had also needed spot-kicks to get past a dogged Denmark in the last 16, but Modric insisted they would not be tired for the last-four clash against England at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well," said Modric.

"We expect a very difficult, tight and demanding match. Every match at this World Cup is like that.... We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation.

"We saw how good they are from dead balls so will have to focus more on defending set-pieces because we conceded from a set-piece today, so have to improve that element of our game."

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals since becoming an independent nation. They finished third in 1998.

 

 

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