Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

England will play Belgium in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg tomorrow.

Despite what is a devastating loss for Gareth Southgate and his team, not to mention supporters, many front pages focussed on how far England made it through the tournament and the sense of national pride they instilled in the public.

England fans were crushed last night, crushed this morning, and will be crushed for some time yet. This will be a close game, but Varane and the French backline given them enough of an edge to suggest they can stifle Croatia, and then wear them down to generate a result, a result that leads to lifting the trophy for 2018.

As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated.

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A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest.

They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later.

Croatia's success in the tournament seems to have boosted interest in the country, proud of its more than 1,000 islands and islets.

Although football did not come home in the shape of the World Cup trophy after all, Gareth Southgate's team won widespread praise for their exploits on the field and their charm offensive off the pitch.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".

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