Croatian Saultites celebrate World Cup victory

A pair of pals cheer on England in the quater final Sweden showdown

A pair of pals cheer on England in the quater final Sweden showdown

But Zlatko Dalić's side equalised in the 68th minute through Ivan Perisic and bossed the game from then on, before Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic popped up with the victor in the second half of extra time to send Croatia into their first ever World Cup final.

The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez. They surrendered the first goal in each of their three knockout-stage matches.

Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance.

Saric said that he and his community will celebrate the win with a big barbeque right behind the Fifth Avenue garage at which they all gather to watch the games, the same way they've celebrated every previous victory for Team Croatia this year.

And Kieran Trippier, arguably England's player of the tournament so far, scored an absolute peach.

The years of hurt will go on - and for all the optimism raised by England's deeds in Russian Federation over the last month, there will be a burning sense of missed opportunity that will take a long time to erase.


But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football. "I can only compare it to when the Olympics came to London", Rimet said.

They will, however, have to reflect on a glorious opportunity to reach a World Cup final that has been wasted.

England's match in Moscow on Wednesday night will be for a place in the World Cup final against France on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Southgate believes his side will not face an easy route to get there. Now is the time to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a little bit more over the next couple of days. Look at the other teams they'll be up against. I think my wife would throw me out if I spent that much.

Lovren kept golden boot leader Harry Kane quiet and will be hoping to go one better this weekend after losing the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

During the day England fans were planning the best and least expensive way to get hold of a ticket for the final.

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