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We were lucky in fight for semifinal: Dalic

08 Jul 2018, 12:45 ( 13 days ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Croatia's head coach Zlatko Dalic reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D match between Iceland and Croatia in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, June 26, 2018. Photo Xinhua by He Canling.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic termed the quarterfinal as a fight or battle instead of a game after his team edged out hosts Russia on penalties here on Saturday.

   "The Russia team fought well. This was not a beautiful game, it was a fight, a battle for the semifinal. We were lucky," Dalic told the post-match press conference.

   The duel ended 1-1 after regular time and 2-2 after extra time before Croatia won the penalty shootout 4-3.

   "I was concentrated throughout the match but after Rakitic's penalty, it came bursting out of me. I felt really relieved," Dalic said.

   "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy. Those emotions just burst out of me. I don't cry often but now I have a good cause: Croatia are in the semifinals. This is a great success and a great result," he added.

   Croatia will take on England in the semifinal in Moscow on July 11.

   "Of course there is some power left for the English. We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. We're giving our all. It will be a battle again," he said.

   Croatia's last appearance in the semifinals was in the 1998 World Cup in France.

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