Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

Croatia forward Ivan Perisic lauded his team's fighting spirit after they secured a place in the World Cup final with a 2-1 extra-time victory over England on Wednesday.

Speaking on the eve of Croatia's meeting with England, Dalic said: "We are a country where anything is possible, so there are no surprises".

"A new generation is enjoying the magic of this World Cup run".

But while Harry is less confident about England's chances, his brother Prince William appears to be more optimistic. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

Because the goal came so early in the match, it's likely that the beers flung into the skies were a bit more full than fans initially anticipated when they imagined their celebration.

They won the Under-17 World Cup, European Under-19 Championship and Under-20 World Cup in a historic 2017 summer.

Croatia needed extra time and penalties to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation before outlasting England in another marathon knockout-stage match.

"I remember when we celebrated Suker's goal but as soon as we sat back down it was level".

"It was a good game". Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic said.

"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience".

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said one man in a red England shirt who declined to give his name. "And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads".

"We deserved to reach the final".

Harry recognised Britain's complex and "at times tragic" shared history with Ireland in a speech on Tuesday, saying he and Meghan hoped to reflect on some of the hard passages when they visited the stadium and a memorial to Ireland's Great Famine of the 1840's.

He said on Twitter: "Thank you to our wonderful YOUNG team".

They will attend a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association but also the site of the 1920 Bloody Sunday massacre that was visited by the Queen during her historic state visit to Ireland in 2011.

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