History will be in the making when England takes on Croatia in the second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday. ‘Football is coming home,’ the only line that every single person in the United Kingdom is uttering right now. The young and dynamic English squad, under the able leadership of Gareth Southgate, have displayed some astonishing bit of football. They won a penalty shoot-out in a World Cup for the first time in their history. Captain Kane is right on top in the race for Golden Boot. Everything is falling into place to make this a dream World Cup for England.
They now stand just two steps away from bringing football back home. The first of which sees them crossing paths with a rock-solid Croatia, a side that simple demolished Argentina in the group stages. Erry at times, but Luka Modric and his men have simply been in the form of their life so far. The one common dream now has only four believers left, one of whom will have it shattered come Wednesday. England will keep singing ‘Football comes again,’ but for that to happen, they’ll have to play arguably the best game of their life.
A semi-final after 28 years, the wait has been long for the English fans. For the Croatian fans, it will be their second semi-final in the entire history. The wait has continued for the Croatian fans since 1998. The wait of a final has been even longer for both sides. While the English fans have been waiting to see their country in the final since 1966, the Croatians have been doing that for an eternity. For many fans, this is going to be the game of their life. For fans from all over the world, it will be one more of those that just can’t be missed. Here are all the details for the curious football fans all over the globe, waiting to witness the showdown for the final on Wednesday.
Croatia vs England Live Streaming
Streaming channels of the FIFA World Cup have already played their part in the record-breaking numbers of 2018 FIFA World Cup’s viewing numbers. Those numbers will further go up when England take on Croatia in the second semifinal on Wednesday. BBC will provide a VR (Virtual Reality) stream of the game for the fans across the United Kingdom via its official VR Streaming app. HRT will also be live streaming the game on its official website for all the fans in Croatia.
HQ stream of the match will be available on Sony LIV for all the fans from the Asian Subcontinent, on beIN Sports’ website and app for the fans in the Middle East and North Africa, on FOX Sports’ official website in the United States, and on DirecTV in Latin America. Sticky Bundles will also provide the match via the official broadcast channels through the internet. Top options include the likes of Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. The full list of streaming websites can be checked out on fifa.com.
The second semi-final between Croatia and England has been scheduled on 11th July 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium. The match will kickoff at 21:00 local time. It will be a perfect evening start for the English fans who’ll be watching the game start at 19:00 BST. Tickets to the stadium stand sold out otherwise, with one last round of tickets to be made available a day before the match at the stadium itself. FIFA Fan Parks won’t be a bad option for supporters of either country. Ticket details can be checked out at FIFA’s official website.
Goalkeepers of both sides have some fitness issues going into the big semifinal. While Jordan Pickford hurt his thumb while banging his fist on the ground in frustration during the quarterfinal against Sweden, Danijel Subasic suffered a leg injury. Mario Mandzukic will play on caution and will have to play a disciplined game ensure he does play the final if Croatia does make it. Both sides are more or less expected to play the same playing11.
Pickford (GK); Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane
Subasic (GK); Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric, Rebic; Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic
England and Croatia have met each other seven times so far. While England has triumphed on four occasions, Croatia has bettered England twice, and both sides ended on a level on just one event. Their first competitive meeting was in the Euro 2004, where England defeated Croatia 4-2 thanks to a brace from Wayne Rooney.
A big game for the broadcasters in the United Kingdom. In fact, the biggest game of the 21st Century for BBC as of now. For the fans in Croatia, HRT2 will be a channel to tune into on Wednesday. For the American fans, the match will be broadcasted on FOX Sports and FOX Sports2. Indian fans will be able to enjoy the match in both Hindi and English commentary via Sony ESPN, Sony Ten1, and Sony Ten2. beIN Sports will be the broadcaster for the other semifinalist, France, and almost all the nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The channel on which the match is going to be broadcast in your country can be checked on FIFA’s official website.
English fans will be stashing all their money in England, not to win the bet, but to show they’re confident Football is coming home. That confidence is not baseless though as England do have a great chance of making it through. Croatia will probably be the toughest opponent for them in the knockouts, but they’ll be confident as it took two penalty shootouts for Croatia to get the better of Denmark and Russia. Add to that the set piece perfection of England. They’ve been exceptionally good with corners and free kicks, and that will make life difficult for the Croatian defense. Modric and Rakitic will spring some magic in the midfield, but the English defense is expected to cut short those beautiful through balls. Instead optimistically many would say, our prediction sees England going through to the finals.