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Three reasons why Croatia deserves to win the Final

13 Juillet 2018

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their vehicle horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.

The Three Lions reached their first semi-final for 28 years and Harry Kane may well be the first English victor of the Golden Boot since 1986.

A significant amount of the pre-tournament discussion was centred around potential trouble between England and Russian Federation fans, after the clashes between the two sets of supporters in Marseille in 2016.

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed.

Most of the supporters took to social media platforms to urge world's football governing body, FIFA to carry out a probe to what they termed a "disgrace to sport" after claiming his officiating on the night was "biased" and "embarrassing". "I rooted for Croatia, wearing a Croatia jersey, and I could only dream of playing for my country and scoring one of the most important goals to send us to a final".

In capital Zagreb, more than 10,000 people gathered in the central square to watch the match despite rain.

It's hard to see France losing a second successive final but Croatia's midfield keeps impressing.

"We beat England in the group stage, so we can beat them now", the defender said at a news conference.

"It's not something I'm really thinking about", he said. "This has been the discussion for the last 20 years", said Dalic, who was appointed only last October towards the end of their qualifying campaign and led them to a play-off win against Greece. You see what's happening. What a long way you've come!

Beverley D'Cruz, sales and marketing director at Pizza Hut Delivery UK said: "Along with the nation, we are incredibly proud of the England football team and how they have delivered for us so far".

"It was incredible considering they had just played a couple of two hour games plus penalties".

Meanwhile Hajduk Split were still going strong, producing the likes of Alen Boksic (one of the greatest, who missed the 1998 World Cup because of injury) and Slaven Bilic, later a national team manager, and in 1995 reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Three reasons why Croatia deserves to win the Final