Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final

Paul Pogba France

Mario Mandzukic grabbed the decisive goal in the second period of additional time.

Pogba and France will advance to the World Cup Final, where they'll take on the victor of Croatia and England - for a chance to bring home the nation's second World Cup championship.

"I don't think there will be a plan for Modric".

While making the semifinal is an accomplishment for any team, losing just before the final and coming so close to glory is devastating. "It's not the game we wanted to be in, as a team".

"There is still a big step left, so we need to focus again". We're going to celebrate, to rest and then we will prepare for France.

"We are ready for it".

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security. In pushing the match to extra-time they became the first team at a World Cup to go into an additional 30 minutes in three successive matches.

It strongly recommending Croatia as an underdog at +135 against England in the semifinals. "Who would have thought it, at the start of the tournament when everyone was writing us off?"

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters. We also lost to Portugal in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Let us know in the comments section below. We played a high press on their backline.

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

On this date exactly 20 years ago, Croatia achieved the greatest success in its football history after winning the bronze of the 1998 World Cup in France.

Elizondo became an infamous figure in France due to his decision to send off captain Zinedine Zidane in his final global match for a headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

"The first half was not good for us".

"I think [Belgium coach Roberto] Martinez had chose to put [Marouane] Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only anxious about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball".

"And this is exactly what they did - they enjoyed their football".

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