Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

This coming week will see the semi-final ties in the 2018 FIFA World Cup be played, with only European sides left at this stage of the competition.

Fans gather during a meeting with Russia's national soccer team at the FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia July 8, 2018.

Southgate has used the stories of that triumph as inspiration, and believes the current team can become even bigger heroes.

Luka Modric said England "seem they are more like a team now" and coach Zlatko Dalic has pinpointed Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as the dangermen, despite insisting Croatia "don't fear England or anybody else".

The Atletico star previously missed his side's group-stage clash against Iceland, where he was replaced by Bayer Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj, who could come in to provide cover at right-back once more.

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"There were times when we lacked energy: 240 minutes of football in six days takes its toll on you", said Modric who, like Mandzukic and Rakitic, is into his thirties. "We want to get close to them, although it is hard to repeat this endeavour, but we will try", the 51-year-old told reporters. "We believe in ourselves.England deserve to be here and we deserve to be here".

That ABC broadcast game of Die Mannschaft's overtime 1-0 won over Argentina on July 13, 2014 nailed a 9.7 rating in the metered markets. "They are young and alive, an attacking team".

The first shootout of the tournament saw hosts Russian Federation knock out 2010 champions Spain, after Andres Iniesta scored the first penalty with his last kick in global football.

They handed them possession and despite playing four times fewer passes than Spain's 1,137 over 120 minutes, they successfully shut them out of their box. Igor Akinfeev later blocked Mateo Kovacic's shot.

I think they will respond here too - and make it to Moscow next Sunday. It is now guaranteed to at least match that, but Goldman expects the country to do much better.

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Despite the prospect of England reaching a first World Cup final since lifting the trophy on home soil in 1966, the squad looked relaxed during the open section of their morning session.

The 31-year-old Lloris describes the Belgium lineup as "quite simply, the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game".

Immediately after his penalty went in Rakitic was mobbed by his team-mates - in repeat scenes of Croatia's last-16 shootout victory over Denmark.

"We knew it would be a possibility that the two teams would have to play each other so it wasn't a huge shock".

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