Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Smallest nation, lowest ranked team: Croatia creates many new records

Smallest nation, lowest ranked team: Croatia creates many new records

"We played better than we did against Argentina".

The team has since beaten England and now all eyes in Croatia are on Sunday's final.

"Two players played with half a leg. We're still going to be hurting".

'We showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.

"We have two days to prepare". We're facing another daunting task, but it's going to be a fantastic match. People should respect me also'. But Ivan Perisic's equaliser in the second half, followed by Mario Mandzukic's victor in extra time sent the Three Lions crashing out.It wasn't just the football players on the field that were left heartbroken.

However, with just three days before the finals, Croatia will be looking to put up a fearless face when they battle one of Europe's most talented side in the mundial.

Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

It shows firefighters watching Saturday's World Cup quarter final between Croatia and Russian Federation.

"The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play in", manager Gareth Southgate said.

"But we will do that and we'll make sure we are ready as a group to go again because the group have huge pride in their performances, in the way that they work". We respected them because we analysed them.

"They can keep doing their stuff and we will play on Sunday".

"What our players did today, the strength they've shown, the stamina, the energy levels ..." We closed down [John] Stones and [Jordan] Henderson; we nullified them.

The modest nation now has the chance of taking revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the two nations met in the semi-finals during the 1998 World Cup.

"I know everything about Croatia, I have lived the country intensely in all my life, since its history on all the sports of the country". I am making predictions about the future Croatian players.

Despite his positive displays, Pogba often comes under scrutiny for what he does on and off the field, but the Red Devils star has insisted he will keep trying his best.

"We were motivated and what I told these players before the game was "there's no pressure, no nerves, don't lose your head - you've reached the semi-final, be proud and enjoy your football".

"They were tired, they were exhausted, they were overjoyed", he said.

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