Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic, is delighted that his team reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after losing out in the semi-finals two decades ago during edition of the tournament hosted by France.
Croatia qualified for their first ever final in their fifth appearance at the World Cup finals.
Dalic praised his side’s strength, stamina and energy levels as they rallied back from a goal down to beat England 2-1 in the second semi-final game on Wednesday.
Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area. Kieran Trippier’s 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes had shot England into an early lead, but Perisic’s 68th-minute equaliser sent the match into extra time.
The win saw Croatia become the first team to come from behind in three straight knockout stage matches to advance at the World Cup.
They will face France in the final of the competition on Sunday. The…
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