Croatia Playing for Chance to Reach its First World Cup Final
People following the 2018 FIFA World Cup have witnessed some very surprising results. Teams thought to have a good chance of winning, like Germany, Portugal and Brazil, have been ousted from the competition.
This year, it is the underdog teams that have made the World Cup exciting to watch. And on Wednesday, one team from a country with just over 4 million people will try to make history.
Croatia will play England in Moscow for a chance to reach its first World Cup final. It will be only the second time Croatia's football team has competed at this level of play.
The Croatian team played in its first World Cup semi-final match in 1998. It lost to the eventual champion France. Croatia won all three of its group games at this year's World Cup. Its best performance was a 3-0 victory over Argentina. However, the Croatian team did not win as easily in their matches against Denmark and Russia. Both of those games ended with penalty shootouts. The shootout victory over Denmark was Croatia's first ever.
Croatia has played England seven times. England has four wins, two losses and one tie against Croatia. The teams have not met since qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. In those matches, England won 4-1 in Zagreb and 5-1 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic spoke to the Associated Press about the World Cup semi-final game on Wednesday. He said, "It won't be easy for us. We will look for the best solutions ahead of the match, considering we have a few players with minor issues after the match against Russia."
The final match of the 2018 World Cup will be played on Sunday, July 15.
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1.semi-final game 半决赛
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2.the World Cup 世界杯
They re-ran the World Cup final on a big screen.
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5.Teams thought to have a good chance of winning, like Germany, Portugal and Brazil, have been ousted from the competition.
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6.And on Wednesday, one team from a country with just over 4 million people will try to make history.
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1998年，克罗地亚队第一次挺进世界杯半决赛。但是最终败给了总冠军法国队 。在今年的世界杯中，克罗地亚队连赢三场小组赛 。其中最精彩的一场是3:0战胜阿根廷队 。然而，克罗地亚队在对阵丹麦队和俄罗斯队的小组赛中颇显吃力 。两场比赛最终都以点球大战宣告结束 。在点球大战中，克罗地亚队首次战胜了丹麦队 。
周三，克罗地亚队主教练兹拉特科·达里奇（Zlatko Dalic）向美联社谈起了了世界杯半决赛。他说：“我们走到这一步很不容易 。考虑到我们队一些球员在与俄罗斯比赛后出现的一些小问题，我们将在赛前寻找最好的解决方案 。”