Croatia’s route to the 2018 World Cup final

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Croatia captain Luka Modric said his side showed character on Saturday to get through "another drama" after edging to a second straight shootout win to knock out Russian Federation and set up a World Cup semi-final with England.

Deschamps, who captained France as they won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, hailed the character of his young team and credited his players' effort at the back.

Dozens of people took to Winnipeg streets to chant and sing following a viewing party at St. Nicholas Tavelich Croatian Parish on Main Street. "I'm going to a wedding on the weekend, I have to drive to the airport soon to pick up my cousin who's flying in from Toronto, I have to make dinner, and I'm still here watching the game".

He added: "Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", referring to his team's 1-0 defeat to Portugal in Paris in the Euro Cup final.

France and Croatia will square off this Sunday, July 15 in Moscow for the chance to be called world champion. "We have never won the World Cup so we can't say the same thing, can we?" he concluded. I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off. "But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them". "What the lads played tonight was fantasy, they've made history", Dalic said.

"The difference sadly is a set play in a very close and tight game", lamented Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

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Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb.

After a collaborative worldwide effort, all of the team were freed after 18 expert divers entered the cave on Sunday and eleven hours later returned having rescued four of the boys.

Before the World Cup started, Croatian football was in the grip of a corruption scandal that saw both Modric and fellow player Dejan Lovren being charged with perjury.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe has come alive in this tournament and became the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958 when he hit a brace in the 4-3 round-of-16 win over Argentina.

And it was Croatia who emerged victorious with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving from Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen to put his side through to the quarter-finals for the first time in 20 years.

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