AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

A nation tormented by poor showings in the biggest events finally put together a spirited run that looked poised for a shot at World Cup glory.

"Well done Croatia. You were better than us", he posted.

The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russian Federation and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966.

They beat Germany 3-0 in the last eight but were then beaten by hosts and eventual winners France despite taking the lead.

"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN.

'It's really painful at the moment but I'm proud of the players, the way we played and the strides they've taken, ' said Southgate.

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

"But if we are ready and compact like we were against Argentina, I don't believe we'll have any problems".

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"The game became too end-to-end and we didn't build in the way we had been".

Former Croatia worldwide Filip Tapalovic has been surprised by the nation's World Cup run, highlighting their mentality and team spirit as crucial. "It's a big stepping stone from two years ago".

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it. I think France will win the title".

When they finally took their leave and returned to the solitude of the dressing room, it was to absorb the range of emotions they felt on this humid night in Moscow, to learn the lessons of the past month and use them to map out a brighter future. The video showed Croatia defender Domagoj Vida shouting "Glory to Ukraine", while a member of the Croatian team's delegation Ognjen Vukojevic said that he dedicates the victory to Ukraine. Croatia is also the second smallest country in history with around 4 million people to make a final after Uruguay in 1930.

"Fair enough they are a young team but they needed to turn up tonight".

'I don't think any of them could have given any more'.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened". Slowly, one-by-one, the players re-emerged where they met with friends and families watching from the stands.

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