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The victory ensured Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time, where they will take on France on Sunday in a repeat of the 1998 semi-final. Goals by Robert Prosinećki in the 13th minute and Davor Šuker in the 35th minute wrote history for Croatian football.

Against all odds, the 2018 World Cup has turned out to be an absolute cracker with Croatia set to battle France in the finals of the tournament on Sunday, July 15, in Moscow.

Croatia, meanwhile, has played an extra game given the three 30-minute extra times they've participated in.

"Only football can make all Croatians go out to the streets".

It is played between the teams who were eliminated in the semi-final of the competition.

"We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago".

Dalic says that the players' mental strength and character over the last two weeks have helped him get through all the drama.

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"I think [Belgium coach Roberto] Martinez had made a decision to put (Marouane) Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only anxious about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball, but he knew what to do, he left very little waste".

"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic.

'When England come to play us in qualifying for the European Championships next year we don't even have an adequate stadium for the game.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the team to the World Cup final on Sunday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn't be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.

"The first half was not good for us".

But Croatia found energy after the break when the game opened up, making England's missed first-half opportunities seem all-the-more significant. He is used to it though in this World Cup after playing against Lionel Messi in the last 16, Luis Suarez in the quarterfinal and - although he didn't actually take to the field - Thomas Vermaelen in the semifinal. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

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