Dalic: Croatia will have enough energy for England

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

At this stage of the tournament, there are only four days between matches.

Croatia have endured a slightly more arduous road through the knockouts.

"Of course there is some power left for the English - we will not stop, we will try to play our best game then". We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the round-of-16 tie they won on penalties]. "It's a proud moment for us all when we put on the jersey and I'm going to grab it with both hands, run with it and enjoy it as much as we can".

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia had never managed to go past the group stage. Saturday's thriller between hosts Russian Federation and 1998 bronze medalists Croatia was one of them. The JOE World Cup Minipod semi-final preview hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna is here.

As Croatia's winning penalty was scored, there was a stunned silence.

But moments later, there was applause.

But on Saturday the team bowed out as heroes, with fans in Moscow dancing on the streets and chanting "Russia" through the night. Majority sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

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Football fever has completely gripped the nation.

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Apart from the experience of 103 global appearances, Lloris has a few other things going his way when he's trying to stop them - including the fact he's faced numerous Belgians already while playing for Tottenham in the Premier League.

"He watched, he was rooting for the team".

Dalic must rouse his players after the physical demands of their two knock-out wins.

The first to speak to the fans was the team's chief coach Stanislav Cherchesov who thanked all those who had supported the team.

"This was a good game, and a attractive one". During a match between Red Star Belgrade of Serbia and Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia, in May 1990, AC Milan star Boban became involved in a fight with a Yugoslav policeman who was beating up a Zagreb fan. But you have a great team and it will be a really hard game.

"I saw a few pictures the size of Croatia compared to size of Russian Federation, and I think if we are already to be in semi-finals is unbelievable, but if we can make it further, it's really good, as well".

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