Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

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.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

Martinez admitted Saturday's third-fourth place play-off game is not one for which it will be easy to prepare, but challenged his players to see it as another opportunity.

'We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. "We were 1-0 down three games in a row and came back to win each time".

"I would have liked to help the team, make the breakthrough tonight".

Luka Modric has been inspirational throughout their run, yet there were numerous outstanding performances at the Luzhniki Stadium as Croatia recovered from a shaky opening half hour.

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The Croatian team is now set to face off the French squad in the final match of the football championship in Russian Federation at the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 at 6:00 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT).

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"Sad, but we'll wait for another four years and see if this young [English] team can carry on", he said.

Mbappe appeared risky throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia.

A lucky few were able to stay behind and watch the crucial penalty which secured Croatia's semi-final berth. There's a lot we could have done better. "The next goal by Croatia really changed the game", said Majic.

Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game. He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.

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