On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

The Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup after a heart-breaking extra-time defeat against Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow.

"Perisic and Mandzukic heroes - Miraculous Croatia shocks England and makes it to the World Cup final for first time in history!" said the Tportal website. "The next goal by Croatia really changed the game", said Majic.

"In the first half, it was probably nerves for both teams, especially Croatia after the early goal by England". Their route to the final in Russian Federation has included a 3-0 win against Argentina in the groups, with Croatia finishing top of the group.

'I believe that we deserved to win, ' Dalic said. We were so close to what was unimaginable at the start.

"It's fantastic, we're so excited", said Christopher Tomas, owner of the Croatian Corner deli, of Croatia's win.

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"Of course, we want to win, we'll be ready to go again because the team take great pride in their performances". We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". They are favourites, but we will do our best to surprise them. "We are keeping our feet on the ground, we are not getting carried away". We're taking it step by step. "It is the most important one of all". That led European soccer's governing body to deduct a point from Croatia, ordered to play two additional games without fans and fined €100,000 (then $117,000 U.S.). But the team will be stronger for it. They are solid. "I don't think that tiredness will play a part as you overcome it when you play in a final".

Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final. He plays so well with Modric in midfield.

It's tough to call any match at the World Cup "meaningless" - the tournament only happens once every four years, so every game holds a certain value just on how rarely they occur. While neither team wanted to win their first match, the freedom from pressure and effect that the third-place match provides should make for some exciting, if inconsequential football.

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