Semi-Final: Croatia vs England

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018 Talk' started by Aevius, Jul 8, 2018.


Who will advance to the finals?

Poll closed Jul 11, 2018.
  1. Croatia

    11 vote(s)
  2. England

    22 vote(s)
  1. Aevius

    Aevius World Cup Prediction Champion Moderator

    Semi-finals, Luzhniki Stadium Moscow
    11 Jul 2018 - 21:00 Local time

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  2. FERRUM2007

    FERRUM2007 New Member

    Hey. Yesterday the player of the Croatian national team chanted Glory to Ukraine. This is a cry of the Fascists of the Second World War. The West of Ukraine then betrayed its people. Now, under this slogan, Ukraine is killing children in the Donbas. What you are told in the media, all lies. Mass media in 99% of cases speaking about us. Now the whole of Russia will then be rooting for England. GO England !!! (Fu@ked Google translator):mad::eek::bounce:
  3. Notorious Big

    Notorious Big Well-Known Member

    It's coming home

  4. Nyctophobia

    Nyctophobia Well-Known Member

    Each step closer to the trophy has got to add to the pressure on the English players, they mustn't let their nerves get to them that's how they lose.

    And Croatia are no pushovers.
  5. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Well-Known Member

    Tough game need to nulify the Croation midfield if we can do that the big man up front will get isolated.
  6. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright

    Croatia haven't been great the last couple of games, England have the momentum so they should win.
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  7. Crocrodile

    Crocrodile Well-Known Member

    There were 2 of them, Vida and Vukojević, who used this chant because it's a ULTRAS chant for a team they played a long time, Dinamo Kyiv. Even though it's IMO not malicious, it 's incredibly stupid considering the result of their last game, the host nation and the timing of it, no matter the circumstances.

    Can we please keep politics out of this thread, though?
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  8. Sapient Hawk

    Sapient Hawk #NeverArteta

    Croatia should be exhausted after going 120 minutes + penalties in both their ties.

    England will be much fresher.

    Nullifying Modric is key as all of their attacking impetus comes from him. Keep him quiet & England should have enough to see Croatia off.
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  9. albakos

    albakos Arséne Wenger: "I will miss you" Administrator

    It will be the most difficult match for England, that is down to the way England play.
    Croatia had big problems with Denmark and Russia, who bored everyone with their ultra defensive setups.

    In other matches, where opposition wanted to take the game to them, Croatia was deadly. They annihilated Argentina and were also superb against Nigeria, while they even won against Iceland with half-arsed efforts of their second team.

    Considering that England will not play with defensive setup, this will open up spaces for Modric and Rakitic to have better passing lanes in midfield.

    Still considering that Croatia has spent a lot of energy in last two games, they seemed drained of energy and I think England will go through to the final with a Sterling goal.
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  10. Lenox

    Lenox Raheem Sterling Fanboy

    Only thing I'm worried about is if they play Rakitic and/ or Modric higher forward. If they set up like they have been with both at CM they'll struggle to threaten imo
  11. Crocrodile

    Crocrodile Well-Known Member

    There 's not a chance in hell we play without a DM against England.
    It 's bitten us in the ass twice, and both of our 2 best players are a lot better further forward.

    After Brozović came in vs Russia, we were comfortably the better side until half the team started going down with injuries. Still not much of a confidence boost for us, however the win in a tough atmosphere will hopefully be a huge boost for our team to stay confident in their ability coupled with the fact that the pressure should be off because they did all that anyone could ask of them, which is beat the ones in front of you to get to the semis (would have been nicer if it was less dramatic, though, because we had multiple chances to seal off both games before the ET).

    Hoping that we press up Henderson who was allowed to have a stroll vs Sweden and ping balls as if he was in a training-session.
  12. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Hoping Emery cloud has a silver lining

    Southgate will be looking carefully at this Croatia side and thinking of ways to try and nullify their talented midfield. He’s respected and not underestimated all the teams we’ve played so far. There’s no doubt Croatia is one of the better teams in this tournament.

    But in Kane and Sterling we have better attacking players and so far our defence has held up well. This will be a game of chess between two good teams with different strengths.
  13. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    England to go through , Milly Rock to score.

    @Makingtrax thought you might like this big man

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
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  14. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Hoping Emery cloud has a silver lining

    :lol: Just like Lassie, always a top judge of character.
  15. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Opposite of ITK

  16. Emeryates

    Emeryates Football’s Coming Home, Someday

    Mod edit Stop Trolling
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  17. Rex Banner

    Rex Banner Massive SAFophile Trusted

    It’s England right?
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  18. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    I'd like to see Loftus-Cheek in for Alli just to help Hendo keep an eye on their midfield. Outside the header he's done absolutely nothing and I would rather someone who will get back and put a foot in against Modric and Rakitic.
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  19. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory The wheel turns Moderator

    England have done very well, but I think Croatia will have too much for them. If England go direct and Kane isn't marked properly that could well change, but if the game is played in midfield there's only going to be one outcome. Modric and Rakitic vs Hendo and Alli? Yikes.

    That said, England seem to have a ton of belief about them. Croatia will have to match that.
  20. Emeryates

    Emeryates Football’s Coming Home, Someday

    Of course. The Spurs XI

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