Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Turkish referee Çakır to officiate semifinal between Croatia and England

Turkish referee Çakır to officiate semifinal between Croatia and England

Federation Internationale de Football Association announced Monday that Cüneyt Çakır will be making the calls at the match at the Luzhniki Stadium. They will be streamed live via Fubo Premier, DirectTV Now and Sling Blue.

Despite all the talk of England's placement on the "easier" side of the playoff tree, or the fact that they appear to rely on set-pieces for a large percentage of goals, the fact remains that they are in a World Cup semi-finals, a position they would have grasped with both hands at the onset of Russian Federation 2018.

England and Croatia are teams that innovated over time but have generally been immutable during the World Cup, sticking to virtually identical starting lineups except for group phase finales, after advancement was secure.

"I think tonight (Wednesday) will be the biggest test for them".

For that to happen, Kane needs proper support from the three players behind him in this England team and even though they have done well to get to the semi-finals, I don't feel he has got the backing he needs so far at this World Cup.

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Parts of southwestern Japan had up to 10 centimeters of rain per hour, the highest level in decades. "Some homes were smashed". Pictures of Leaf, a pet at an old people's home in the town of Kurashiki in Okayama, had captured hearts around the country.

When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming".

"The biggest thing that the gaffer's brought since he's come in, which he's brought right from day one, was identity, and about the way that we wanted to create a team, " Henderson said.

Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during the quarterfinal win over host Russian Federation and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time but remained in the match.

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares - and predicted they would win a second World Cup. "It's been an enjoyable journey, and we want to keep it going".

Croatia relied on penalty shootouts to advance in their round of 16 tie with Denmark, as well as their quarter-final date with Russian Federation, which suggests that they have the collective concentration to last 120 minutes, as well as the cool-headedness to maintain composure during penalties.

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"Of course, it's not the same if you play two 90-minute matches and two 120-minute matches, but I still believe we have had ample time to recover and we are professional enough to know who needs what with what kind of recovery".

In the centre of their midfield, Croatia have their two aces: Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

England have been very lucky with their draw at this World Cup and their best result of the competition was the 1-0 defeat against Belgium that meant they went into the bottom half of the draw, avoiding Brazil and a few others in the knock-out phase.

"We're exhausted but there can be no excuses", he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams. There is still opportunity for us to exhaust ourselves".

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