Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

Surprised Tapalovic hails Croatia spirit mentality Surprised Tapalovic hails Croatia spirit mentality
Cassandra Castillo | 12 July, 2018, 04:03

Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance. "I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".

No team has ever made it to the World Cup final after going to extra-time in all three prior knockout rounds - England twice won in extra-time in 1990 before losing on penalties to West Germany in the semi-finals.

"We were anxious", Katich said.

"They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup".

Croatia, with a population of just 4.17 million, booked their place in the July 15 final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by beating England at the same venue 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday night.

Sadly, it just wasn't meant to be for England at the 2018 World Cup. "I think he's given everything for the team and there was a period of the game in the second half where we didn't have that controlled possession".

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Because the goal came so early in the match, it's likely that the beers flung into the skies were a bit more full than fans initially anticipated when they imagined their celebration.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

UEFA said Wednesday it is awaiting developments to assess Vrbanovic's role as a member of European soccer's committee overseeing national team competitions. Katie - also referred to as Kate - has been supporting the footballer from back home in the United Kingdom since she is due to give birth to the couple's second child any day. "Everyone is born with it, we have good players, and I believe they will bring the cup home, but we'll see on Monday morning at 3 o'clock".

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

The game will kick off in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, before Croatia play France in the final in Moscow on Sunday.

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