Croatia looked great in the group stage-never better than in their 3-0 victory over Argentina.
Coming off a 2018 World Cup that is absent any Team USA and hence down from the American participating 2014 tournament, yesterday's 10:45 AM PT starting Croatia v. Russian Federation game also provided a nice lift for Fox.
Dalic's team looked exhausted as they laboured against unfancied hosts Russian Federation for 120 minutes on Saturday night before they advanced via a shoot-out success for the second successive game.
"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov.
Opponents Croatia, who beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach the last four, are the designated home side in the second semi-final and have first refusal over wearing their home kit. From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading. "This was my last match for the national team", news agency TASS quoted the 33-year-old as saying.
"We saw how good they are from dead balls so will have to focus more on defending set-pieces because we conceded from a set-piece today, so have to improve that element of our game".
"The mood in central Moscow tonight is: the Russian team has lost, long live the Russian team", he said.
Subasic didn't need to win the shootout the same way he did against Denmark, when his three saves were the reason the Croatian team advanced.
'There are no favourites in this World Cup - every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out. Majority sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.
"We have proved we are a football nation". "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy".
"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are unsafe at corners".
"[Putin] watched, he was rooting for the team". The fact that many stars in the contest play in the Premier League, and are very familiar with each other, will add spice to a match that does not need to be hyped.
Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores their first goal against Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on July 7, 2018. Even if they don't they may still do so.