However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses".
After a tense match that headed into extra time with a score of 1-1, Team Croatia emerged victorious with a tie-breaking goal in the second half of overtime, finishing the game at 2-1. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".
The national football team of hosts Russian Federation managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-2 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.More news: Gary Neville hails England for exceeding expectations despite World Cup heartbreak
"We all temporarily forgot our problems, no one thinks about anything else", Robert Halilovic, owner of cafe "Cup 98", named after the 1998 tournament in France, told AFP. This shows character and is what makes me proud. "They have just displayed the qualities they have, that is all".
But Dier insists they can not take any comfort from that experience - because Real went on to win the trophy a n d Modric was the star of the Champions League final. His goal sent the game into the overtime period with 1-1 draw.
That goal breaks the record of eight England held along with Portugal's 1966 side heading into the semi-final in Moscow.More news: Trump blasts Germany at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation
"It's such a young team and there's so much chemistry for the future, he said". "We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game". There's a lot we could have done better.
Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera fumbled a shot from Antoine Griezmann as France booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Eric Dier heaped praise on Croatia duo Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, warning that England must contain them if they are to book a first World Cup final spot in 52 years. "Something had to change to get the results", Dalic said. 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.More news: Mural of Russia Coach Defaced, Restored After World Cup Loss
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