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Quarterfinals: Russia vs Croatia, 7pm BST

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Kramarić for Brozović, lineup from the game against Nigeria.

I don't think it's going to work that well. Allowing Brozović or Rakitić to make forward runs instead of limiting them into defensive roles would be better because both of them have good shooting ability.
Like this, both Modrić and Rakitić will be limited.

But on the other hand, Russia lacks quality, similar to Sweden.

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Not taking anything for granted anymore, but I really hope Croatia goes through.

2-1 he said with little conviction.

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Russia to win and all their best players to be injured/suspended in the process. It's coming home.

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Though I consider Croatia to be far stronger than Russia, I'd rather play the chequered ones than the hosts.

Croatia to win 2-0. Modric to shine again.

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Who would have thought that so many fans from England would be cheering for Russia at this World Cup!  :) 

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Croatia sacked their manager before the final game of quaifying, needing a draw away in Ukraine just to get a playoff place.

They won 2-0, won the first leg of the playoff 4-1 before a 0-0, won the group stage with 3 wins and a 3-0 over Argentina, now they're aiming for a World Cup semi...

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I can never hear the Russian anthem without thinking of Rocky Balboa.

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2 minutes ago, git2thachoppa said:

Croatia sacked their manager before the final game of quaifying, needing a draw away in Ukraine just to get a playoff place.

They won 2-0, won the first leg of the playoff 4-1 before a 0-0, won the group stage with 3 wins and a 3-0 over Argentina, now they're aiming for a World Cup semi...

There's more to it than just the manager.

This generation wasted 2 tournaments because of non-football things in the FA.

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Both sides here pose problems for us, albeit different problems of course. So, I'm happy with either winning. Croatia I kind of have a sift spot for, but Russia winning would be ace for their fans and they have hosted a truly fantastic tournament. Hope it's just a good game really.

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

There's more to it than just the manager.

This generation wasted 2 tournaments because of non-football things in the FA.

Like what?

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Just now, git2thachoppa said:

Like what?

Find the topic about it in football forum or just google it.

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We can beat both teams. Both teams can beat us. So not arsed who goes through really.

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1 minute ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

Not a bad thing, Rocky 4 is by far the best one.

I personally like first one just a bit more. It was more of a great movie, less a propaganda piece. 

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3 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Find the topic about it in football forum or just google it.

Nah.

In that sentence you could've briefly informed me...

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Just now, Constantine said:

I personally like first one just a bit more. It was more of a great movie, less a propaganda piece. 

Yeah objectively it’s not the best but I just love the Ivan Drago character, his lines are incredible :D

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Just now, EnterUsernameHere said:

Yeah objectively it’s not the best but I just love the Ivan Drago character, his lines are incredible :D

It was really entertaining movie. And it had amazing soundtrack. Burning Heart and No Easy Way Out are on my workout playlist :D   

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These threads have added so much to my World Cup experience this year. The Rocky discussion is turning this into another classic :D

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1 minute ago, Andrew_ said:

Same hotel as the team playing mention. Check.

Now we await Champion ribbing McCoist about something that happened in his career, and then the pair waxing lyrical about their hotel breakfast.

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Looking forward to Bilic storming out the studio when they secretly film and show his reactions again.

Has Drury been a golf or snooker commentator previously?...

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Rebić to have at least 18 strength in FM19.

He did improve tremendously under Kovac... But still need to improve his finishing. Missed some fantastic chances this WC

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Someone's making a really poor attempt at that clap.

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This is boring. England basically getting a bye to the final.

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Croatia should always play 3 CMs- Badelj, Kovacic or Brozovic in alongside Rakitic and Modric. They are asking too much of just Modric and Rakitic and Russia might be able to counter them easier. 

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Just now, Weezer said:

This is boring. England basically getting a bye to the final.

This is basically the England game from earlier but now you couldn't care who wins!  :D

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5 minutes ago, daylight said:

This is basically the England game from earlier but now you couldn't care who wins!  :D

Everybody basically just going through the motions because they know it's been England's tournament for weeks now.

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1 minute ago, Weezer said:

Everybody basically just going through the motions because they know it's been England's tournament for weeks now.

Yeah , the winner of this game saving their energy for the 3rd/4th place playoff.  :p

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