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Croatia World Cup final invokes memories of infamous dive in 1998

13 July, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Tommie Newton
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However, with just three days before the finals, Croatia will be looking to put up a courageous face when they battle one of Europe's most talented side in the mundial.

To celebrate the unprecedented win, the entire Croatian cabinet swapped their usual formal dress for football jerseys during their session in the Croatian capital the following day. In the round of 16, the Croats had defeated Denmark 3-2 in penalties before overcoming Russian Federation in the quarter-finals 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout.

Belgium and England have already met during the World Cup in a match both teams seemed reluctant to win and on Saturday they will face each other again in a game they both seem reluctant to play. It's a dream. We are going through to the World Cup final - but you have to realise that dream. "Nobody gave up", said Dalic, whose team have played the equivalent of one match more than the French.

"We are only focused on our game and our performance", he said. We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength.

But the Guardian said the players might struggle to shake off the ordeal of losing the semi-final.

After all, little pleasure has been derived from the national team in the last 20 years.

With that goal, Trippier joined Bobby Charlton (1966) and Gary Lineker (1990) as English goalscorers in World Cup semi-finals.

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"Want to know how insane we are?" said Fran Colak, a Croatian Saultite who had come down to the gathering to watch the semi-final game.

England defender Kyle Walker, ahead of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia, also welcomed the news and offered to send them football shirts. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score.

Since Euro 2008 when Croatia made the quarter finals many fans believed this team could make history at some point.

"We have to stay like we are, not think that we are the favourites". They want to win.

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.

But even though England are out, they've still had an incredible tournament.

"But for these players, many have come of age on an worldwide stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done".

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