Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

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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 Russian Federation and set up a World Cup semi-final with England.

However, Croatia reached the semis in 1998 and this year's final against France on Sunday will be their first ever since the introduction of the World Cup tournament in 1930.

Another solid performance from what was a much-changed Croatia saw them top the group with a 100 per cent record.

Now he will be part of the Croatia team which will face Les Bleus in a World Cup final. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".

He said: "I don't read what is going on in England, I am reading about my own country after each game". For me, Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida have been fantastic centre backs, among the best in the World Cup.

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Fred has expressed his disappointment on social media after tournament favourites Brazil crashed out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage. "We deserved to be in that final after such an wonderful effort", Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said. Rakitic added a late third as Croatia secured their place in the last 16. "I just feel like we could have done a lot of better". "But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them". They are two great players, everyone knows that.

"We might have the chance for the revenge in the finals with the French", Plenkovic said. Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery, and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

In the shootout, Mateo Kovacic missed his kick for Croatia, but two misses by Russia's Fedor Smolov and Fernandes handed The Blazers passage to the semis where England await. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good.

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