Croatia on fire after World Cup ‘miracle’

Croatia on fire after World Cup ‘miracle’

Croatia on fire after World Cup ‘miracle’

"Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said.

It was the third consecutive match that Croatia have won after being forced into extra time. "We are in a World Cup semi-final". "They are young but they have character, a (winning) mentality".

"We all temporarily forgot our problems, no one thinks about anything else", Robert Halilovic, owner of cafe "Cup 98", named after the 1998 tournament in France, told AFP. I can't talk to them about players from 20 years ago, even from 10 years ago.

But Dier insists they can not take any comfort from that experience - because Real went on to win the trophy a n d Modric was the star of the Champions League final.

Luka Modric has been inspirational throughout their run, yet there were numerous outstanding performances at the Luzhniki Stadium as Croatia recovered from a shaky opening half hour.

Eric Dier has warned England will face one of the best players in the world tonight.

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"It's tough, we're gutted", he said.

"We played better than we did against Argentina".

However, Croatia reached the semis in 1998 and this year's final against France on Sunday will be their first ever since the introduction of the World Cup tournament in 1930. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.

"You don't get success in football and good weather in England", said Nikki Langley-Essen, 38, a London events manager enjoying the novelty of both. "I'm going to a wedding on the weekend, I have to drive to the airport soon to pick up my cousin who's flying in from Toronto, I have to make dinner, and I'm still here watching the game".

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

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