England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

Gareth Southgate, his entire squad and support staff, looked in a daze as they stood just 20 yards from the banks of England supporters who had flooded into Russian Federation fuelled by hope and the desire to witness history.

The French topped Belgium 1-0 in their semifinal matchup on Tuesday to advance to the final and have a shot at winning their second World Cup final (they took the title in 1998). They have some top-quality players, which showed in the second half.

Another tense occasion that saw Croatia prevail after extra-time and penalties.

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it. I could only dream of playing for my country and scoring one of the most important goals to reach the final", Perisic said. "Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses", he added.

"We've been with you all along and we'll be with you next time".

England vs. Croatia: Southgate Urges Team To Create History
Mario Mandzukic was Croatia's match-winner, swivelling to power home the decisive goal in the 109th minute. Including extra-time, Dalic's side has now scored at least two goals in five of their last six games.

With the game's score tied as of this story's publish, chances are high there will only be more beer spilled as English - and Croatian - fans continue to root avidly for their country's success on the World Cup stage.

Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.

"A lot of surprises at the World Cup, with Germany, Argentina, they are out of the competition, but also surprised by England, how they play, their style, how they play different to the past", he said. We were better. This is unreal. "Only great teams can be as fearless as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", said Mandzukic, whose side face France in Sunday's final after their 2-1 extra-time win. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong Croatia-France money-line pick, all from a European football expert whose powerful model is up 1,800 percent in less than three years. "We don't fear England". Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us.

He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.

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