A stunning extra-time goal by Mario Mandzukic will see Croatia as the smallest nation to feature in a FIFA World Cup final after eliminating England 2-1.
"First time in the final ever for Croatia, now we're going to go all the way (to win the World Cup)".
Following the dramatic penalty shootout win, sealed by Ivan Rakitic's decisive spot-kick, Croatia were in jubilant mood as they caught the team coach back from the Fisht Olympic Stadium.
England have progressed to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, but Croatia defender Dejan Lovren - who plays his club football in England - says he is not paying attention to the World Cup fever that has swept the country.
When they face England, both sides will already know whether France or Belgium have reached the final. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".
The Hyde Park screening was the largest of its kind for an England game since 1996, when the country hosted the European Championship and the team made the semi-finals. I can't talk to them about players from 20 years ago, even from 10 years ago. "But it's a game that's part of the World Cup.so we'll put in that performance and give it the best we can". "I think we can do that successfully", Southgate state.
Six charter flights carrying more than 1,000 fans left the capital Zagreb for Moscow late yesterday and today, national flag carrier Croatia Airlines said.
In one of the less memorable games of Russian Federation 2018 at the venue of the final, Denmark and France played out a goalless draw - a result which saw both sides progress, with Les Bleus top of the group. They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience. Croatia entered the 30 minutes with a passionate drive inspired by the equalizer, enabling a strong offensive start. "But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them". "The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup fixture is 2".
According to Croatian website Vercenji List, however, the player trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and could be ready to play against England this week.
"We deserved to reach the final". '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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England should have sewn this game up by half-time, with at least three clear-cut chances to put the game beyond Croatia's reach. While it is players who win matches there can be little doubt that a tactical switch from the canny Dalic transformed the game.
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