Profile of World Cup finalists Croatia

13 July, 2018, 08:00 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Gareth Southgate admits the third-place play-off is not a game that any team wants to play in, leaving the England manager facing a challenge to prepare his players in the wake of their World Cup heartache. France forward Antoine Griezmann shouted during postgame celebrations.

"I think at the Euro we thought it was already a done deal, the mentality was not the same as now". We've always known when it will be played-Sunday, July 15-but we now know who will contest it, too: France and Croatia.

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security. "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it".

Pogba and France will now wait to see who they will face in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow, with England and Croatia set to do battle in the second semi-final on Wednesday evening.

The Inter winger was a target for Manchester United last summer, and while the Red Devils could still afford Perisic, his World Cup performance has probably put Tottenham out of the race.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the weekend.

Paul Pogba hopes to add a star to his France shirt by winning the World Cup, two decades after their only triumph in 1998. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us". The victor will challenge France in Sunday's final. There is one more match to play.

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece.

Croatian Goran Ivanisevic owns one of the most unlikely sports stories of recent years after he won Wimbledon in 2001 despite being a wildcard entry.

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