Sport Zlatko Dalic feels Croatia full value for victory over England

06:40  12 july  2018
06:40  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Croatia vs England: Key Battles

  Croatia vs England: Key Battles In one of the most anticipated semi-finals in recent history, Croatia go up against England in Moscow tonight for a place in Sunday’s World Cup final. Zlatko Dalic’s side overcame hosts Russia in an amazing quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday, eventually winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra time. England’s route to the last four for the first time in 28 years was a lot smoother, as they brushed Sweden aside in Samara, with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli securing a 2-0 win. Right-back Sime Vrsaljko is out after suffering a knee injury against Russia, while Jordan Henderson and Jamie Vardy have both been declared fit after hamstring and groin issues, respectively. Croatia are another side who have been labelled the ‘golden generation’ and were the dark horses of many before the tournament started. Dalic has managed to steer the Vatreni impressively through the group stages but they barely got through their two knockout stage games, edging past both Denmark and Russia on penalties. Their preparation has been disrupted somewhat by the sacking of Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of the coaching staff, who along with defender Domagoj Vida, posted a pro-Ukraine video on social media after their win over Russia. The England squad know that they have a chance to become heroes and add to the huge hysteria at home by beating Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium tonight.

Zlatko Dalic leads training before Croatia ’s World Cup semi-final against England , their first since Their key full -back Sime Vrsaljko is highly doubtful to play a part at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on an injury to his left knee in extra time during Croatia ’s attritional quarter-final victory against Russia.

It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us.” Dalic admired the way England handled their business in the 2-0 success over the Swedes. But the Croatia captain felt his side were destined to do it the hard way.

Zlatko Dalic felt his side deserved their victory (Tim Goode/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Zlatko Dalic felt his side deserved their victory (Tim Goode/PA)

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes his side were better “in all segments of the game” as they won their World Cup semi-final against England.

Gareth Southgate’s men opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, but it is the Vatreni that will return to take on France in Sunday’s showpiece finale.

Ivan Perisic drew Croatia level and Mario Mandzukic secured a 2-1 extra-time win to propel the country into their first World Cup final.

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