Four European Teams Battle It Out In Russia

Mateo Kovacic Igor Akinfeev Russia Croatia

Four European Teams Battle It Out In Russia

Croatia has booked their first ever final berth against France on Sunday after registering a 2-1 win over England in extra time, in what was a fiercely contested encounter in Moscow.

England were comfortable in the first half and they should have taken advantage of some risky situations, but they were ultimately unable to and they paid for it in the second half with Croatia upping the intensity and giving England a good game before finally getting an equaliser through Perisic.

Neither of those overall performances, however, were worthy of potential World Cup winners, nor did they seem to do justice to the quality of Croatia's line-up, which is one of the most gifted in Russian Federation.

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".

Manchester United midfielder Pogba, praised the youngsters on Twitter and described them as "heroes" after they spent more than two weeks trapped inside the flooded cave system.

Mario Mandzukic has said that he and his Croatia teammates won't let fatigue get in their way when they face England in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday.

"We showed again we were not exhausted", he said.

Thousands of fans will be on Zagreb's main square and at bars in town again and in true Croatian style, they will come with flares and fireworks in hand ready to celebrate.

"We are in the final. We have to be proud".

"We were lucky, thank God, and I was concentrated throughout the match, but after the penalties it came bursting out of me".

"Honestly, individual awards are not important for me. You have to learn from your mistakes", he added. They had a real chance to reach the semi-finals, but at the critical moment some of the athletes have not sustained nerves, and they did not realize the 11-meter kicks.

It did not appear to be coming from sections of the stadium where England supporters were concentrated.

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