And now they will face an even greater challenge when they meet in form England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night (22:00 UAE time) for a place in the World Cup final.
Despite the exhaustion levels of his team coach Zlatko Dalic rates Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric as the best midfielders in the world and firmly believes that the duo can still lead the Vatreni to their first ever World Cup final. Watch what he said below.
Not only is he leading his country into the quarter-finals of the World Cup but his wife is heavily pregnant back home.
Luckily for the Swedish captain he insists that his wife is very strong and ‘she wants me to be here and play football’.
See for yourself in our video below.
This incredible group of players, including Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku – just to name a few, have been talked about as the best in the nation’s history but they are yet to produce the truly great result that would see them live up to the tag of the ‘golden generation.’
Vincent Kompany was put on the spot about the tag leading up to Belgium’s quarter-final with favourites Brazil in Kazan on Friday (22:00 UAE time) – it’s interesting to hear his response.