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Entire Croatian cabinet celebrates World Cup semi win by wearing team jerseys

Entire Croatian cabinet celebrates World Cup semi win by wearing team jerseys

That the nation will be backing them to gain revenge for the World Cup semi-final loss to France in 1998 is without question, as is the fact that there will once again be an army of fans decked out in red and white checks at the Luzhniki Stadium. It's a dream. We are going through to the World Cup final - but you have to realise that dream.

"I think at the Euro we thought it was already a done deal, the mentality was not the same as now". We will still be thinking of the semi-final defeat, and what could have been, but of course I want to play. I know the taste of losing a final.

"We are only focused on our game and our performance", he said.

In Semi-finals, Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 against England, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the victor in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener. "We have a very strong collective and Croatia also have some big individual talents at the service of the team too".

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.

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That hasn't been the only drama for Croatia, which won its first two World Cup knockout stage games against Denmark and Russian Federation on penalty kicks. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament. "We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed".

"For sure the Croats they want the star (for winning the title) they have had a good run".

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece. "Another one picked up my lens and another player gave me a kiss", the photographer told his news agency.

"One of the fans' heroes was Ivan Perišić, who scored the equalising goal in the second half, and struck the post a few minutes later". The Tottenham defender bent his shot from 25 yards over the wall with a shot with his best imitation of David Beckham, the last England player to score direct from a free kick at the World Cup. They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me. 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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