Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic celebrates her players after Russia win

Posted July 11, 2018

The Balkan nation overcame hosts Russian Federation in the quarter-finals to reach the final four of the tournament for the first time in 20 years.

The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements.

Samuel Umtiti headed home from a corner six minutes into the second half saw France through to a meeting with either Croatia or England in Sunday's final.

True to his word, after England beat Sweden on Saturday (July 7) to book a semi-final spot, Stewart started looking at getting hold of a golden ticket to the game.

"He would be willing Gareth Southgate and the England team to go all the way in Russian Federation with every fibre of his being".

This they did by pelting the bus of the team, which included Neymar, with stones.

"We know what we need to succeed".

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The result of the biggest bet taken in this World Cup could be determined as soon as Thursday. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".

The win means France have another shot at a title, two years after losing the final of the 2016 European Championships 1-0 to Portugal, in a tournament which was played on home soil.

Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks.

Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet.

Sue Boor, head of marketing at The Lexicon says: "With tennis and football fever taking over the whole country we are excited to welcome families to The Lexicon to enjoy these fabulous sporting matches".

And ahead of facing England, the Juventus striker explained that the belief amongst the Croatia players is at an all-time high after the nerves they felt in their first shootout with the Danes.

"Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998".