Monday, 16 July, 2018

Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

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Betsy Taylor | 13 July, 2018, 00:52

After Croatia stunned England in the second World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, we finally have the matchup that'll determine it all in 2018: France will face off against Croatia on Sunday.

The Manchester United midfielder was part of the France squad that lost 1-0 in extra time to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final, and Pogba hopes they can now go one better on Sunday.

"I think [Belgium coach Roberto] Martinez had chose to put (Marouane) Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only anxious about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball, but he knew what to do, he left very little waste. We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

The terrifying ordeal that the trapped young Thai footballers went through before their dramatic rescue has put the World Cup in perspective for a couple of the sport's stars.

"I know the taste of defeat in a final".

This is shown by how Croatia has been a goal down in every knockout phase match, but they have been able to came from behind to make it the 2018 World Cup final in Russian Federation.

The Les Bleus have a strong chance of winning the World Cup in Russian Federation to conclude what has been one of the better tournaments in recent history.


Asked about facing France, Dalic, the former Al Ain manager, said: "There is no weakness in a team that is in the final".

"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation".

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", Cortez told AFP.

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said. We are not thinking about being favourites.

Pitana is one of South America's most experienced referees and also has playing experience at youth level. We did not underestimate them.

Perišić had a major part to play in the game, having set up the victor after netting midway through the second period. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together. I'd like to send out shirts to them!

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