Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

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"I don't think there's an easy answer for that because Mbappe is an exceptional player under those circumstances". "I don't know if there is a different mentality but it seems that they are more like a team".

"But we believe in our strengths", he said.

"From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn't finish the game".

That does not happen very often, however, and, as Russian Federation discovered to their cost on another breathless evening in Sochi at the weekend, Modric's fallow periods in matches tend to be fleeting. Give me Mario Mandzukic on the rampage, setting up an equaliser for Andrej Kramaric. Then slowly but surely they found control of the game being taken away from them by a player for whom it all looks so easy. "Individual awards are not important for me frankly".

In taking over for Sam Allardyce, Gareth Southgate has been the anti-Big Sam: no bluster, all feel good.

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Croatia have been pushed to the brink twice in penalties, and England may well be fresher due to getting their business done in the 90 minutes against Sweden.

"He is the leader".

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", said Modric. But Luka has been excellent in every area of the midfield.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has received praise from all over the world after she personally attended her country's quarter final victory against World Cup hosts Russian Federation.

Ignashevich played in all five of Russia's matches and scored in their two penalty shoot-outs in the knockout phase, including on Saturday in Sochi, where Croatia triumphed 4-3 after a 2-2 draw. "I actually remember one story about him but I will keep it to myself". "It's a semifinal. We will find extra motivation, extra everything, whatever is necessary".

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"Russia is the 70th best team in the world in the company of Cape Verde, Finland, Albania, Jamaica, and others".

"It'd be fantastic if the Sbornaya organised a tour of Russian cities and met the fans all over the country", said Anton Voronin from Krasnodar, who was at the historic match against Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Round of 16.

And Harry Maguire was the star man on Hull City's relegation campaign in 2016-17 before moving to Leicester City and performing well albeit under the radar last season (Note to self: Keep looking at which PL relegated players haven't landed with new PL clubs).

Still, it was the sort of gutsy move that you rarely see from managers - especially a guy like Zlatko Dalic, who hasn't been in the job long and doesn't have much of a resume - in a World Cup quarterfinal.

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