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Croatia 'ready' for France, says Dalic

12 Juillet 2018

England scored yet another set piece goal on Wednesday to earn an early 1-0 lead over Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. Whatever position, wherever he plays, it doesn't make a difference to a player of that quality.

"This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show".

"Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournament for decades", the coach said on Tuesday.

France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff.

"We're going to have to pay attention to those details, because we conceded a goal against Russian Federation that we shouldn't allow".

Some soccer fans in Winnipeg were left in tears on Wednesday - tears of joy for fans of Croatia's team, while England fans wept for a missed opportunity to see their team in the World Cup final.

May received the number 10 jersey of Croatia captain Luka Modric.

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Among them were father and son Joe and Andrew Settle, from Bolton, who have never travelled away with England but decided they could not miss the chance to see the national side in a World Cup semi-final.

"Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", said Mandzukic, whose side face France in Sunday's final after their 2-1 extra-time win. There's a lot we could have done better.

Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game.

With a population of just over four million, Croatia is the smallest nation to reach the final match of a World Cup since Uruguay lifted the title in 1950. "Something had to change to get the results", Dalic said. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

Croatia 'ready' for France, says Dalic