Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Ivan Perisic injury scare ahead of World Cup final

Ivan Perisic injury scare ahead of World Cup final

Bilic, who was part of the 1998 World Cup side which won bronze in France, was a pundit on ITV on the United Kingdom during the tournament and last night he was in his element when his countrymen ended England's hopes.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run. We have three days to prepare ourselves.

The victory improves Croatia's previous best showing at the World Cup, which ended in a 1998 semifinal loss to the host French.

Fans across England have hailed Gareth Southgate and his players for a stirring World Cup journey, after their heartbreaking semi-final defeat.

"I'm remarkably proud of the group of players", Southgate added.

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"But I've said all along we're not ideal, we're not the finished article". But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.

"We wanted to go on and win it and we thought we had enough to go through but it wasn't to be". We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments.

"In big games, small margins make the difference and they had a ball that fell their way at the end and he stuck it away".

Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time.

Croatia will be hoping to avoid that fate when they take on France in Moscow on Sunday. I'm not looking for eight years by the way but internationally you have to wait every two years.

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash
Earlier, reports emerged that 20 people had been injured after a plane, marked Martin's Air Charter, crashed at the airport . The plane, which had been expected at the Aviodrome, 'crashed in South Africa during take-off on a test flight, ' it said.

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