Perisic hails 'dream' goal as Croatia reach final



"At Spurs, we beat Real Madrid and they ended up winning the Champions League".

Croatia will take on France in their first World Cup final on Sunday afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Per CBS Sports, "England enters this semifinal match at +130 World Cup odds on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on an English victory to win $130". "I don't have the words. We have to play as if it's the first game of the tournament".

"Sad, but we'll wait for another four years and see if this young [English] team can carry on", he said.

"We can't really look back and see what is in the rear-view mirror. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".

"I would like to thank everyone who came to support us in Moscow and everyone back home in Croatia who are sending their incredible support to us".

"It was exceptional", Deschamps said in a pitchside interview. I am very happy for my players. We worked hard defensively.

Brits will drink 10 million pints tonight during semi-final against Croatia
The Atletico Madrid star picked up an injury during their quarter-finals clash with hosts Russian Federation on Saturday. Nicknamed "the Fiery Ones", that team has stood as an example to their successors ever since.

The winger and attacking midfielder has since moved on to Inter where he has been playing since 2015. "That makes me proud".

The Croatian team is now set to face off the French squad in the final match of the football championship in Russian Federation at the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 at 6:00 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT). "If I had a vote [in the Ballon d'Or], I would vote for Luka".

Sterling did produce an encouraging display in the quarter-final win over Sweden and was a constant threat throughout the 2-0 success in Samara.

A World Cup of surprises concludes with a final of contrasts.

Samuel Umtiti headed in the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in St Petersburg yesterday morning (Singapore time), consigning the Red Devils' "golden generation" to another bitter defeat.

"A lot of pride", said the defender. "We worked so hard, the fans were wonderful, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better".

He said: "That doesn't happen too often - the only time that it happened in Belgian football was in 1986 and we finished fourth, so we need to understand that this is an important game".

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