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Croatia stun England in extra time to book first-ever final berth

13 July, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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The world Cup semi final's only gone and got off to a cracking start for England.

He added: "The high levels of demand continued until around 4.30am before returning to levels that we would normally have expected to see. You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.

Pogba, 25, has come under heavy criticism since completing his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016, but he has continued to produce wonders for Les Bleus, particularly in the World Cup this summer.

"But I think within the games that we've played, we've played exciting, attacking football".

Perišić 's equaliser and Mario Mandzukic's composed finish in the second half of extra time saw Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 in Wednesday's semi-final, though Kieran Trippier's free-kick had put Gareth Southgate's side ahead in the fifth minute.

In the final match of the group stage of the tournament, Belgium and England had both already secured their advancement to the knockout bracket, with only their rankings left to be determined.

Asked about facing France, Dalic, the former Al Ain manager, said: "There is no weakness in a team that is in the final". I always will. If I hear good things or bad things, I will keep fighting. That hasn't been the only drama for Croatia, which won its first two World Cup knockout stage games against Denmark and Russian Federation on penalty kicks. Three days after Croatia lost to the host nation 2:1, Ćiro Blažević's squad defeated Holland 2:1 in the game for third place at the Parc des Princes in Paris - and the achievement has been celebrated ever since.

Now, Belgium and England will meet again in another match that neither team will likely care much about winning.

'They are favourites, but we will do our best to surprise them.

"The ability of the team and the style of play we've evolved enormously in a short period of time".

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece.

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