World Cup photographer crushed by celebrating Croatian team, captures every moment

Jose Verdugo
Julio 15, 2018

They may have fallen just short here, but they'll win a major tournament soon.

The decision meant Croatia, whose last three knockout-round games lasted 120 minutes, have had to play the tournament with 22 players instead of the usual 23.

Dalic told a press conference: "Tomorrow is the World Cup final".

From that point on, however, Kane failed to so much as register a shot on target in the win against Sweden and defeats to Croatia and Belgium, leaving Neville to question the player's fitness.

"Gareth Southgate is an unbelievable manager".

"We know there's a lot of work to do with this team, we know we still have to strive for the level of the top five or six countries in the world, but we're competitive against those teams and we are beating all the other teams around us and we're improving".

In contrast Southgate dedicates himself to the role and has turned down numerous commercial offers so he can focus on his coaching.

"It's been an incredible experience, a life experience", he said.

The way English supporters have embraced this team and their exploits in the last month has been nearly unprecedented, and with the vast majority of the squad still in their early to mid-twenties, there may be plenty more for their fans to enthuse about in the next few years.

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France forward Griezmann said winning the trophy was more important than how the team do it.

Belgium's players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Deschamps' team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti's headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism. "I remember them vividly but it's not something you want to remember or think about".

"They've got to know the players a little bit better and realised the perception is different from the reality".

"We've got some good players in our senior team and some good technical players in our development pathway as well", said Ashworth.

"There's a lot talked about relationships between our two countries, but on a personal level and mixing with the people of Russian Federation, we couldn't have been made more welcome", the England manager said.

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

"They will concede they are not fit. They have such an attitude".

Croatia fans, occupying just one area in the Luzhniki Stadium, were very noisy during the semi-final and that sound would have been amplified 10-fold by a full house in Zagreb or Split.

"So that is still a huge problem for us", he said. "We need relaxation and rest to gain freshness for tomorrow", added Dalic. If they're not we have great players on the bench who are raring to go.

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