Today’s second finalist will be in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium when Croatia and England are facing each other in the semi-finals. For the "Three Lions" the great chance for the first time after 1966 to retake the final. However, this will not be easy, because the flexibility of the Croats is likely to cause problems for the defensively strong Southgate side.
In the end, the English defeated Sweden 2:0 in the quarter-finals, and for the first time since 1990 retreated to a World Cup semi-final. The proteges of Gareth Southgate could rely on two absolute strengths as so often. The second strength is the ability to score the first goal in the game. This has been achieved by the "Three Lions" in 10 of the previous 13 Internationals meetings and in four of the five previous FIFA World Cup games.
After the dramatic knockout round game against Sweden (3:2 AET), Zlatko Delic's team also won on penalties in the quarter-finals, knocking out hosts the Russian team. Thus, the "Kockasti" after 1998 for the 2nd time in the history of the association in a World Cup semi-final. So far, the Croats have been able to convince above all by a strong team spirit and a very flexible offensive. In contrast to the English, who are very dependent on Kane in their attacking power, the team from the Balkans already has eight different scorers at this World Cup.
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