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The former Croatia defender Darijo Srna reminded of the service that his team had Russia in 2007. Words athlete leads “Ukraine.ru”.
The player explained that in the last match of the qualifying tournament for the European championship 2008 Croatia already guaranteed to itself an exit in a final stage, beat out England, which allowed the Russian team to take second place in group E and get to the Euros via the play-offs.
“I think that at the time, our team has done a great service for Russia. And now the time has come to repay the debt. Croatia has the advantage over Russia. We have many high level, experienced players performing for big clubs. Croatia is objectively stronger, but Russia deserves a lot of respect. The team came out of the group, beat Spain — it is a major achievement. I think it will be a very difficult match,” said Srna.
Russia and Croatia will play on Saturday, July 7, in the quarterfinal match of the world Cup. The meeting will be held in Sochi and will start at 21:00 Moscow time. The winner in the semi-finals will play best in a pair of England — Sweden.
In the second semi-final will play France and Belgium. The first was stronger than Uruguay, while the second defended the victory in the match with Brazil. The world championship will end on July 15.
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