Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

The Inter Milan winger poked home a cross from Sime Vrsaljko to haul Croatia level midway through the second half having fallen behind to an early Kieran Trippier free-kick. They prevailed in penalty shootouts following 120 minutes against Denmark in the round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarterfinals. The game will take place at 10:00 AM ET at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Two played with half a leg. I felt something odd and, after discussion with doctors, we decided I should go off.

"I could only dream to play for my country and to score one of the most important goals".

"We have already achieved something big by reaching the semi-finals".

He added: "France are top-drawer".

Croatia reaches first World Cup final
Kane had the best shot at it, finding himself through on goal , firing at Subasic, then knocking a second effort against the post. Croatia's defence is considered their weak link with neither Lovren nor centre-back partner Domagoj Vida boasting great pace.

After the game was won on penalties, that woman, Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, proceeded to make her way into the dressing room and celebrated with the players, still drenched in sweat.

They have reached the finals for the first time in the nation's history, and they did so by becoming the first country ever to win three straight games in extra time.

Croatian Cultural Society spokesman Goran Katich watched the game with fellow supporters at the Croatian club in west Auckland and said they were ecstatic when the final whistle went.

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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. Modric had four years at White Hart Lane before going to Madrid while, incredibly, Spurs have nine players in the World Cup semi-final.

"The images that we are now seeing from all parts of Croatia suggest that the nationalist frenzy has begun, and everyday life is being subordinated to football", says Dario Brentin, a researcher at the University of Graz, who is now working on a thesis titled "Sport and Nationalism in Post-Socialist Croatia".

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However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses".

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