Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Everything you need to know about World Cup finalists…

Everything you need to know about World Cup finalists…

Those two moments of excellence helped Croatia reach its first World Cup final following a 2-1 win over England on Wednesday, setting up a title match against France.

No team has ever made it to the World Cup final after going to extra-time in all three prior knockout rounds - England twice won in extra-time in 1990 before losing on penalties to West Germany in the semi-finals.

Croatian Football Federation president Davor Suker has told ESPN he believes midfielder Luka Modric should win the Ballon d'Or as Croatia prepare for their World Cup semifinal against England on Wednesday.

If England beat win Croatia tonight, the team will face France in an epic showdown this Sunday. I can not remember the last time national euphoria over football was so palpable."It is perhaps no wonder that the loudest cheerleader of their World Cup run is their President, who is up for re-election in just over a year".

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From 2009 he spent two years each at Belgium's Club Brugge and German sides Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, becoming the Belgian league's top scorer as well as Bundesliga champion and German cup victor.

After finishing second to Argentina in Group H following victories over Jamaica and Japan, World Cup debutants Croatia claimed some impressive scalps on their way to the semi-finals. Rakitic added a late third as Croatia secured their place in the last 16.

"I'm not saying that I'm not proud of what we did all together 20 years ago". They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience.

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

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'We dominated in extra-time and were the better team, we should have finished the job before penalties - but maybe it is written in the stars that we had to go through the extra drama'.

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"It's the tighter, uglier games that have been our downfall".

Before the start of the World Cup, neither of the two soccer-obsessed countries expected to get to the semi-finals.

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Moja Domovina was originally a charity single released in 1991 and grew in popularity before being adopted by the Croatia national team as their anthem in Russian Federation. "We worked hard. I scored but we delivered a good match and I'm very proud of everyone".

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