Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

"It Was A Crazy Moment" - Photographer On That Croatia Goal Celebration


Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has claimed that his players' World Cup win over England was driven by a perceived lack of respect shown towards them by Gareth Southgate's team.

The 43-year-old officiated the tournament's opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia and was in charge for France's quarter-final victory over Uruguay, as well as Croatia's last-16 clash with Denmark.

Paul Pogba insists France are not favourites against Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday in Moscow.

"We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago".

Not only did it give England the control they needed in the match but it signalled that Harry Maguire had truly arrived at the World Cup. "It's a great honour for all the players and the supporters, and I don't think we're really aware of the scale of it just yet".

Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament, where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria. I know the taste of losing a final.

Revealing via his Twitter account that he had "heard this over the years time and time again", Neville stressed his belief that no "journalist, pundit or broadcaster" has ever won or lost any game of football for a team.

He added, "Croatia came from a goal down against England on Wednesday to win 2-1 in extra time".

"The Fiery Ones are in the final, the nation is in a trance - one more step to the title!" said the Jutarnji List, using the team's nickname.

'Had we conceded for a second time it would have been very hard to come back. But they are mentally very strong.

England and Belgium have both produced last-gasp victories at the World Cup - Belgium beating Japan 3-2, England beating Colombia on penalties - but their two games together lack significance.

"For us, we are not the favourites".

"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation. We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed".

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece. "The Croats are not just Modric".

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, centre, sits on the ground after he fell over photographer Yuri Cortez, who is in the foreground still taking photos.

"But for these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done".

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