Croatia makes it to finals for the first time

Mateo Kovacic Igor Akinfeev Russia Croatia

Croatia makes it to finals for the first time

When all is said and done, we will see France win their second title or possibly Croatia win its first ever in what's been a World Cup full of surprises.

The Croats were to suffer a similar late reverse when eventual champions Portugal defeated them in extra-time of the Euro 2016 Last 16 clash. Should they hold on, the Three Lions will take on France in the final on Sunday. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".

After beginning his coaching career at the age of 28 with FC Vevey in Switzerland, Miroslav Blazevic managed several clubs, most notably Dinamo Zagreb, before taking the Croatia helm in 1994.

Their victory on Wednesday propelled them a step further than they managed at the 1998 World Cup, when they lost to hosts France in the last four.

Speaking to ITV, former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic said winning the World Cup would be the greatest sporting achievement in the country's history, which he now rates as a third-placed finish at France 1998.

Soon after the second half, Croatia was trying hard since long to score one soon while England were happy so sit back and defend.

The head coach is convinced that the Russian team will achieve more at the world Cup in 2022 than in the current world Cup.

Maybe it was the memes, or Gareth Southgate's canny management, or maybe some people just want to watch the world burn, but it looks like Australians are barracking for England to win the World Cup.

'They have a young, alive, attacking team. "We have nerves of steel", said Kramaric.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters.

Or will Croatia put an end to the choruses of Football's Coming Home ringing out around the country? - the author of the article wonders. It was a good game against Belgium [in the quarter-finals].

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

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