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Croatia’s Courage at the World Cup July 13, 2018

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Croatia’s courage to come from behind England’s first half goal was a spirited response by the tiny nation competing on a sea of heavyweights at the World Cup. The hurdle of Trippier’s free kick goal was overcome as Croatia rose in stature and outplayed a stoic England in the second half and extra time to get to the final against France in Moscow. Goals to Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s early goal with a fine effort of his own, admitted it was a difficult game but praised his team-mates’ perseverance for coming through a successive third knockout game after extra-time.

Defender Sime Vrsaljko was also critical of England’s attempts to find a way back into the game after they fell behind. “The all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long balls upfield but when we pressed them it turned out that they haven’t,” he said.

Croatia’s coach, Zlatko Dalic, said their extra-time victory was deserved and his players were not yet finished despite playing a lot of football in the past three rounds.

Luka Modric has accused English journalists and pundits of showing a lack of respect to Croatia’s players and admitted his teammates had used the criticism to motivate them to victory against England in their World Cup semi-final.

Modric impressed as Croatia came from behind to win after extra time in Moscow but the Real Madrid midfielder was scathing in his reaction towards sections of the English media, some of whom had predicted an easy win for Gareth Southgate’s side.

“People were talking … English journalists, pundits from television,” he told ITV. “They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake. All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired.’ They should be more humble and respect their opponents more.

“We showed again that we were not tired – we dominated the game mentally and physically.

“We should have killed the game even before extra time. This is an amazing achievement for us – it’s a dream come true after such a long time. We are in the final and that is the biggest success in Croatia history. We have to be proud.”

The Croation team’s spirit and desire to achieve the impossible was a revelation on the road to face a powerful French side that will not make the same mistake as England did.

The final looms as a huge challenge for both teams but further surprises from this Russia based World Cup seem likely as Sundays clash approaches.

It has been an amazing tournament.

 

 

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