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10 July, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Russian Federation midfielder Denis Cheryshev and forward Artem Dzyuba were named among the "breakout stars" of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by the U.S. media on Sunday night.

Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.

"We took the hard route, we were unlucky in previous major tournaments, particularly at Euros, but now we are collecting those debts at the World Cup this year".

OPENING SALVO Russia had delivered the flawless opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football.

Croatia will square off with England in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night.

The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements. It will be a battle again but I trust us.

"In my personal opinion, I think this is the best he's played for the Croatian national team".

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Although Croatia went on to suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to host nation France in the semi-finals, they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff.

"We believe in our strengths", he said, as reported by BBC Sport. "But the first Russian guy (Smolov) took it and missed so I gave up".

But the spark seems to have gone in knockout stages and instead they have had to rely on more on resilience to get them through against less gifted opponents.

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals.

Inter are looking to sign their right-back with calm and are confident they can reach an agreement with the Spanish club before the transfer window closes in mid-August. "It is up to us to take the game to them and play our game". But we have top center-backs.

Kramaric struggled for playing time at Leicester before leaving for Hoffenheim, making only two appearances in the Premier League during the Foxes' shock title triumph in 2015-16. "It's going to be a man's match and we will have to step up".

"They are two great players, everyone knows that".

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