Croatia were underrated for years, now is their time to shine: Dalic

Croatia were underrated for years, now is their time to shine: Dalic

Croatia's best ever finish at a World Cup came when they ended third at France '98 and Mandzukic is hopeful they can go one better and make it to the final this time around.

The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later.

Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and Vrsaljko says his team's run can not be compared to the Europa League success he enjoyed with Atletico Madrid last term. Through five matches, it looked as if they could finally deliver on their promise.

"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games".

England takes on Croatia on Wednesday in the second World Cup semifinal, with the victor advancing to Sunday's big game against France. They are two great players, everyone knows that.

He said: "Well, I think I've said this before, but I was not a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career, so it's rather odd to feel that way now".




Asked how he would avoid the song, Southgate added: "I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".

"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".

The result of the biggest bet taken in this World Cup could be determined as soon as Thursday.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

Both scored in Croatia's devastating 3-0 group-stage win over Argentina, while Modric also netted a penalty in the 2-0 victory against Nigeria. I've not met many players as driven as Luka, and I've seen even fewer who are as talented as him.

"We know their set-pieces are unsafe, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.

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