Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

With Croatia taking on France in Monday's decider (AEST), here are five keys aspects you should know about their journey to the 2018 World Cup final, courtesy of Croatian journalist Davor Petrovic. We were there, we were so close to the title, and we just fell short.

The service then tweeted: "It's been a disappointing night already, please don't make it worse by doing something you might regret for the rest of your life".

Of course, the statistics don't give a true reflection of the challenges involved in a World Cup run, which can be affected by player availability, refereeing decisions, weather, and of course luck. Croatia lost that encounter 2-1 before going on to secure bronze - until Wednesday their best performance at a global finals.

France have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.

Dalic's men saw off England in extra-time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, when they bounced back from Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute opener to eventually triumph 2-1.

A victory in the final for the nation known for its red-and-white checkered jerseys would be the nation's greatest sporting moment since breaking from Yugoslavia to become an independent state in 1991 - a year after its national soccer team started playing.

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This is shown by how Croatia has been a goal down in every knockout phase match, but they have been able to came from behind to make it the 2018 World Cup final in Russian Federation.

"[In the 2016 Euros] we thought it was done and that we had won the trophy by beating Germany in the semi-finals". We are not thinking about being favourites.

Either way, Pogba has proven himself one of the leading stars of the 2018 tournament, with some of football's most prestigious names rushing forward to lavish praise on the gangly wizard's sophisticated and intelligent midfield displays.

"The Croats had a very hard match and they were behind".

England defender Kyle Walker is finding meaning in the game no one wants to play. "They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me!" We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength.

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