Zlatko Dalic

RUSSIA 2-2 CROTIA: “We were lucky, but we don hammer”- Zlatko Dalic

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Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic, don talk him mind say him side bin dey lucky, after dem beat Russia 4-3 on penalties during their quarter final clash at the Fisht stadium, Sochi on Saturday.Zlatko Dalic

The match bin end 2-2 after extra time, with both teams heading into penalty shootout to decide who goes through to the semifinal.

Fedor Smolov and Mario Fernandez, wey bin make himself hero after e equalise at the death for Russia, both missed their respective spot kicks for the 2018 hosts.

Real Madrid’s pikin, Mateo Kovacic, also missed his for Croatia, before Ivan Rakitic ensured that his country would be facing England in the last four when him net the kick wey make Russians cry.

So, after the match, while he praised and congratulated his team first, Dalic come add say dem bin dey lucky as Russia give dem better wahala.

“Congratulations to my lads but also to the Russian team, who fought well,” na so Dalic start. “This game bin no fine at all, it was a fight, a battle for the semi-final. We were lucky.”

The manager added that him heart bin dey him mouth, but say once Rakitic scored that penalty, e bin like sey person pour am cold water for body.

“I bin no laugh with anybody throughout the match but after Rakitic’s penalty, it came bursting out of me. I felt really relieved. We made ourselves happy but we don make everybody belle for Croatia sweet dem. Those emotions just burst out of me. No be every time I dey cry but now I have a good cause. Croatia are in the semi-finals, na great result be this and we don hammer,” he said.

With the victory, Croatia don become the first country since Argentina for 1990, to win two penalty shootouts in the same edition of the world cup.

Up next for the Luka Modric led side na the tight match against England, who bin tidy Sweden 2-0 when two of them play earlier in the day.

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