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Fifa World Cup 2018 Croatia vs England live: When and where to watch free

England's last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin.


Two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semi-final defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further. Croatia's compact side will combat England's fast and direct football when they meet in the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup with both teams aiming to recreate their own history by progressing to the title decider. England’s last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France. The Croats, basking in the afterglow of their golden generation of footballers, have reached the semi-finals for the second time in their brief history. They will aim to better the third-place finish achieved by the star-studded squad spearheaded by the legendary Davor Suker at the 1998 edition in France. England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way. But neither side are in a mood for nostalgia or using the past as motivation. For England, it is a chance to reach the final for the first time since their World Cup winning campaign at home in 1966, more than a generation ago. They reached the last four stage for the last time in Italy back in 1990. While Croats are in the semi-finals on the back of two knockout victories over Denmark and Russia via penalty shootouts, England got past Colombia and Sweden in the last two elimination matches. "It's the best opportunity that England's ever had, and probably might ever have," England defender Kyle Walker was quoted as saying by the FIFA's official website. "We have shown character, we've shown belief and I think that's what is going to get us over the line in this game. I have to dream. I have to dream big," he said ahead of the game at the Luzhniki Stadium. Croatia have had an impressive campaign at this World Cup. They topped an extremely difficult group that included perennial title contenders Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria. On the other hand, England's progression to the knockout rounds was far more easy -they defeated inexperienced sides like Tunisia and minnows Panama before losing to an impressive Belgium. In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best midfield in Russia and the presence of star strikers Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rebic add some added force upfront.

Fifa World Cup 2018 Croatia vs England live: When and where to watch free   

Fifa World Cup 2018 Croatia vs England live: When and where to watch free on Business Standard. England's last appearance at this stage was...

Fifa World Cup 2018 Croatia vs England live: When and where to watch free   

Fifa World Cup 2018 Croatia vs England live: When and where to watch free on Business Standard. England's last appearance at this stage was...

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