Croatia's Road To Final

Croatia's Road To Final

Croatia beat England 2-1 on Wednesday after extra time to reach Sunday's final, where they will play France. But credit to them, they're a top team and they'll be thinking that they should have gone further than they did.

Therefore it is a little surprising to find that Belgium appear to be the favourite team to win this match, but as always it will be a match in which anything could happen, including it going into extra time or being determined by the dreaded penalty shoot out!

Some locals decided they would rather bask in the sunshine and take a dip in the river Neva, just a few hundred metres from the stunning stadium that Zenit St Petersburg will use once this World Cup packs up and moves on.

Luka Modric says he is not thinking about individual accolades as he focuses on helping Croatia to a historic victory in the World Cup final against France on Sunday.

The Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive will be the place to be if you're a fan of the former member of the Yugoslavian federation, of the underdog or of just plain fun.

"Win or lose tomorrow there will be a seismic event (in Croatia)".

You can definitely make a case for Trippier deserving to be in the team of the tournament, even though Benjamin Pavard and Šime Vrsaljko have both been excellent and one will be getting their hands on the World Cup trophy. "And now we want to finish the job, in the best way possible".

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"We are not in club football where we have a chequebook and you can go and buy new players", he said.

The 30-year-old has played a key role in Croatia's journey to the final, scoring in the 3-0 group-stage victory over Argentina and netting the decisive penalty in the quarter-final penalty shootout against Russian Federation.

"We can only be happy and proud that despite the crisis, Croatians have put aside the problems and the hardship", said Dalic.

"To reach the semi-final for only the third time in England's history is an awesome achievement. It's all in the past." said Modric, who was a child when his grandfather was killed and his family forced from its home. People tell me they could never -imagine celebrating a goal as if it were scored by their own country. "I would play the final without a leg if necessary".

Martinez said Belgium now needed to work on their junior structures and get their age-group teams winning more.

"They have incredible talent", he said.

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