A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after their win over Russian Federation in the quarter-final match of World Cup 2018 at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.

England fans Nigel Holder and Larry McNulty climbed into the cab of their camper van on Sunday and set off for the next leg of their Russia World Cup odyssey, the 20-hour journey to Moscow, venue for their team's semi-final match.

Former Croatia worldwide Filip Tapalovic has been surprised by the nation's World Cup run, highlighting their mentality and team spirit as crucial.

"I think we are underdogs from Day 1 and it's good for us", Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. Neither of those overall performances, however, were worthy of potential World Cup winners, nor did they seem to do justice to the quality of Croatia's line-up, which is one of the most gifted in Russian Federation. We have to repeat what we have been doing in the last four games, be well organised and defend well.

Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs.

In turn, thousands of ecstatic fans showed up on Vorobyovy Gory on Sunday to thank their heroes for an incredible World Cup.

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SAMARA, Russia (AP) - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. "He did root for our team", Peskov said in a conversation with reporters. "But now we are collecting those debts in this World Cup".

"I hope we can outdo them".

The majority of Russian fans believe that their team can emerge victorious from the confrontation with the Croats.

Fedor Smolov missed the first with a weak Panenka effort that was easily stopped by Danijel Subasic, while opposite number Igor Akinfeev stopped one - a fabulous low save from Mateo Kovacic.

The victory overwhelmed Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, who cried after Rakitic's winning penalty.

Dalic said: "That was a great success for Croatia as a nation".

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