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Croatia reach the final having played 90 minutes more than France

13 July, 2018, 07:48 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Many Croatian fans want to watch their team in a live World Cup match

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time - which has already played host to headliners in Roger Waters and The Cure - announced they would be screening the match to 30,000 lucky England fans who registered for a ballot.

It was the third consecutive match that Croatia have won after being forced into extra time.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs". In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted.

Shane Clee, 37, an agricultural goods salesman, said: "I'm a huge footie fan, and a big Shrewsbury Town fan in particular".

Both of his goals came from set-plays, and given he is averaging 0.29 xG per 90 minutes, he can be expected to get at least one chance in this game. "Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show", coach Zlatko Dalic said.

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

Les Bleus will face off against Croatia on Sunday.

How to Watch England vs. Croatia
England have not been in the semi-finals of the World Cup since 1990 when they lost on penalties to then West Germany. How are the English feeling? We have come back after 20 years to the semis and we deserve it.

Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence. "Of course, we'll do our best to be fit for the semi-final".

Croatia will be underdogs for the final, but Perisic told FIFA.com: "France stopped us in the semi-finals in 1998".

"Football's Coming Home is a song I couldn't even listen to for 20 years, frankly, so for me it has a slightly different feel", Southgate said ahead of England's World Cup semifinal against Croatia on Wednesday (Thursday NZT).

The World Cup in Russian Federation has thrown up some stunning twists, turns and shocks, so it's perhaps fitting that its final game will feature the smallest nation to appear in the last stage of the tournament since 1950.

"We have been watching England in all their games".

"We're excited about the future but want to make the most of the opportunity we have [now]".

He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.

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