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We have to do more against Russia: Croatia coach

Nizhny Novgorod, July 2: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his team has to do more when they face hosts Russia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Dalic said at a post-match press conference here that Croatia had a difficult game against Denmark as the Danish were a disciplined and well-organised side. He said Croatia didn’t play as well as they did in their previous three games in the group phase which ended with straight wins but he was happy with the result. “I think this can only get us closer together and make us stronger. After you win such a game, you know you are worth it. And my faith in my players is also stronger,” the coach added.

Dalic also spoke highly of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, saying he was the one who brought Croatia the victory after two Croatians missed penalties under pressure.

“(Our) goalkeeper is our hero tonight. He saved three penalties. You don’t see that every night. Great thanks to him.” IANS