Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Croatia on fire after World Cup ‘miracle’

Croatia on fire after World Cup ‘miracle’

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.

France faces Belgium in St. Petersburg Stadium today, and England and Croatia battle it out in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium tomorrow. "We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final". Modric had four years at White Hart Lane before going to Madrid while, incredibly, Spurs have nine players in the World Cup semi-final. Kranjcar, who is now 33 and a free agent following a stint in Scotland with Rangers, has not played for his country since 2013 having been part of the Croatian team that beat England at Wembley in 2007 in a loss that meant the Three Lions missed out on Euro 2008.

After praising his players for their performances in reaching the final, Deschamps was asked about his own contribution. "What the lads played tonight is fantasy, they've made history".

As Croatia were playing hosts Russia in the quarterfinal of the World Cup in Sochi, a woman dressed in their national team jersey celebrated every one of their highs in the VIP box, even as Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino and Russia PM Dimitry Medvedev looked on in stoic silence. I felt something odd and, after discussion with doctors, we decided I should go off.

England fans are confident they are closer than ever to regaining the World Cup. For many Croatians, the Yugoslav Wars - that ended with the formation of their country - started with one.

"It was a very hard game for us", said man of the match Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort of his own.

Here Press Association Sport looks at five of the best Croatians to have played in England.

The 25-year-old has taken to social media to voice his dejection following an ultimately disappointing World Cup for him and Tite's side overall.

Sunday's clash in Moscow will mark Croatia's first appearance in the final of football's flagship event and comes 20 years after they finished third, which until now had been their best result in the competition. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good.

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