Tired and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

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Croatia advanced to its first World Cup final with a 2-1 extra-time win over England on Wednesday night.

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training. Two played with half a leg. "I wanted to make substitutions but nobody would come off".

"This World Cup will be won by a team with character", Dalic said. "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

He described France as a "top-drawer team with fantastic players", but his own side have earned their place in the final, their victory over England coming after they earlier destroyed Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 3-0 win in the group stage.

FRANCE coach Didier Deschamps urged his side to seize their chance of redemption in the World Cup final after admitting he has still not got over the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final.

'We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. They then edged out Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final with England.

Eric Dier has warned England will face one of the best players in the world tonight. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

The dream ended for supporters in Moscow and at home as Gareth Southgate's men lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-final after extra time.

"This is really a big day for Croatian sport and football, it is a success that we will remember for generations".

"It's the best run I've ever seen in my lifetime, so obviously pretty upsetting the way that it went", said Stu Hutchinson. "For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written", said the 51-year-old Dalic.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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