Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Comparing France, Croatia's run to World Cup final

Comparing France, Croatia's run to World Cup final

Fielding their youngest ever team in a World Cup, the Three Lions have a very bright future on the pitch, but they will not bring football home this year.

Shaun Bailey, a 48-year-old IT worker, reminisced about watching England lose their last semi-final, in 1990 to then-West Germany "on a wooden TV balanced on a Coke machine" while at university.

Team Croatia paired France in the final match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2-1 win over England in the overtime period of the semifinals match at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday.

Footie fans rally behind Gareth Southgate ahead of England v Croatia semi-final with Waistcoat Wednesday.

"Did we feel we would be in this position?"

"It hurts, I don't know what else to say, it hurts", Kane said after the match.

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

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"The dressing-room is a really hard place at the moment".

BS: And firing coaches, lawsuits-I was reading an article today that said a lot of Croatia didn't even like Luka Modric because he was involved in the Dynamo Zagreb trial-and they fired their coach, as you've mentioned a couple times, right at the end of qualifying. And the last time it played in the final four was 20 years ago, in 1998. I don't realistically think any of us did.

"It's too easy sometimes to move on quickly".

"I went to Korea and watched David Seaman get the goal over the top of his head, went to France 98, South Africa". Southgate has done well to mask his team's flaws and give them a renewed sense of confidence and identity, but the problems that cost them against Croatia were the same that nearly handed victory to Colombia in the round of 16.

Croatia has now survived three straight 120-minute matches-against Denmark, Russia and England-and has managed to make it all the way to the World Cup final, where it will play a heavily favored French team.

The Juventus forward scored the victor in the 109th minute to send the tiny country of just 4 million people to their first-ever World Cup final, and couldn't say enough about the historic achievement after the match.

France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. "Only great teams can be as fearless as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said.

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