Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric (R) shakes hands with Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.(AFP / Mladen ANTONOV)
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In Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against England Luka Modric showed, for the umpteenth time in his career, that you can't keep a good man down as he orchestrated a third successive comeback that sent Croatia into the dreamland of the final.However, as the second half unfolded, if England thought the job was done and they had run the legs off the 32-year-old, they had clearly not been paying attention to his extraordinary career.As befits a man playing his 111th international and 11th in the World Cup, Modric did not panic and did not waver, instead he gradually found a way to shoehorn himself and his team back into the game.Ivan Perisic duly equalized and Mario Mandzukic won it in extra time, where it was Modric still skipping around the turf like a spring lamb who had emerged as the dominant force on the pitch while an exhausted Jordan Henderson had to be substituted after chasing him all night.
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