Croatia’s Mandzukic says team eager to prove themselves

13 July, 2018, 07:52 | Author: Judy Cobb
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"When I played, we beat Germany 3-0 at the 1998 World Cup (in the quarter-finals)". "We should have killed the game before extra-time, but this is an wonderful achievement for us, a dream come true". They should be more humble and respectful. It will be a battle but I trust us, I have belief in us'.

"I've known Luka for a number of years, not only from the national team", Mandzukic told reporters, as per FourFourTwo. "I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

"Its coming home", echoed many English pundits in the knock-out rounds of what's been an unpredictable World Cup so far.

Kieran Trippier gave England the lead in Moscow, but Ivan Perisic levelled for Croatia before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute.

Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.

Much had been made about Croatia's energy levels going into the match with pundits noting that having played extra time in all of their knock-out games, the Croatians would be exhausted.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said their extra-time victory was deserved and his players were not yet finished despite playing a lot of football in the past three rounds. "The only wish I have is to lift the cup for Croatia". "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has said that his side will be wary of England's set-piece threat when the sides meet on Wednesday evening. "When you've got all these other teams, France, Belgium, England, that's the top teams from the beginning and we are the underdogs".

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