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Croatia vs England Prediction & Betting tips
At the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, the second semi-final will be played on Wednesday evening. In the Olympic Stadium Luzhniki of Moscow, Croatia and England meet. The Croats ended the summer fairytale of host Russia on Saturday night. But the Croats were able to prevail as well as in the second round against Denmark only on penalties. England won their quarter-final sovereign 2-0 against Sweden and reached for the first time since 1990 again a World Cup semi-final. Who can now move into the World Cup final? So far, England and Croatia have faced each other seven times. Four games were won by England, with two victories going to Croatia. At a World Cup or European Championship, there was only a duel. In the 2004 European Championships England won the last group match 4-2. We also found a lucrative tip for Croatia against England!
The game against Russia was an open game. Although the Vatreni had about two-thirds ball possession, but did with the defensive Sbornaja very hard. On the other hand, the hosts only rarely made an offensive appearance. So also Russia’s leadership fell out of the blue. But eight minutes later Kramaric equalized for Croatia. Through many duels, the men of coach Zlatko Dalic could rarely pick up speed in the second round. As a result, the game was very balanced and barely produced chances to score. As the game progressed, the Kockasti kept running almost incessantly, the Russians standing low and defending, but without embarrassment. So it went into the extension. There Croatia went in the 101st minute after a corner in the lead.
Russia were able to equalize in the 115th minute after a free kick. Then it went to the penalty shootout, in which Croatia as well as against Denmark had the better end on their side. The fifth and decisive penalty kick turned Ivan Rakitic as in the second round. Two penalties at a World Cup finals had previously been won only by Argentina in 1990. Goalkeeper Subasic has equalized the 1990 record of Argentina’s Goycochea with four penalties. The Croats are now after 1998 for the second time in the history of the World Cup semi-final. Croatia have been without defeat for six international matches and have won all six games.
England started its quarter-finals in the proven 3-5-2. The Three Lions were the more active side against Sweden and had much more possession. In the game forward was missing at the beginning but the necessary speed. The lead for the team of coach Gareth Southgate fell once again after a dormant ball. It was already the eighth standard goal of the English in the tournament. After the 1: 0 the ball ran more fluently in the British and England played more confident. In the second half managed the Three Lions their lead and beat in the 59th minute effectively and icy cold to 2: 0. After that, the Englishmen only seldom came into great affliction.
And if it did, the strong keeper saved Jordan Pickford. England lost only one of the last 15 internationals, the 0-1 in the group stage with the B-Elf against Belgium. The Three Lions are the third time at a World Cup in the last four rounds, the first time since 1990. Harry Kane continues to lead the scoring list of the World Cup with six goals and is in top form. The quarter-final against Sweden was his first game in this final without a goal.
Croatia vs England head to head matches
09.09.09 WC England Croatia 5 : 1
10.09.08 WC Croatia England 1 : 4
21.11.07 EUR England Croatia 2 : 3
11.10.06 EUR Croatia England 2 : 0
21.06.04 EUR Croatia England 2 : 4