England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Croatia vs England Semi-final will kick-off at 11:30 pm IST.

The last time Les Bleus were in the last four at a World Cup, a penalty from captain Zidane gave France a 1-0 win over Portugal in Germany 2006.

Speaking on the eve of Croatia's meeting with England, Dalic said: "We are a country where anything is possible, so there are no surprises".

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.

England last went to a semi-final in 1990 and Croatia fought France in the semis in 1998. No, but there are no negatives about them and they could win the World Cup - absolutely. We're not the finished article, we don't have renowned world-class players.

Speaking to ITV, former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic said winning the World Cup would be the greatest sporting achievement in the country's history, which he now rates as a third-placed finish at France 1998.

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Croatian Cultural Society spokesman Goran Katich watched the game with fellow supporters at the Croatian club in west Auckland and said they were ecstatic when the final whistle went.

'Our style was cramped a bit and maybe we did not want to risk with passes, so we had to balance it out in the second half, ' Modric said. "That will help us, but the chances are 50-50, I believe, because everybody deserves to be at the semifinal".

Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening.

Russian Denis Vasilyev says "This was the best match I've seen in my entire life, but Croatia was a bit stronger". "Only great teams can be as fearless as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England". They are two great players, everyone knows that.

"We still changed the history of the past 28 years".

However, there were far fewer teams then with just 13 in the first World Cup in 1930 and 16 four years later.

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