Croatia enters maiden World cup final, coach hopeful of upsetting France in final

Last Updated: Jul 12 2018 14:43

FOOTBALL- Croatia on Wednesday entered its maiden FIFA World Cup final after beating favourites England 2-1 in the semi-final. Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic netted for Croatia.

The summit clash between France and Croatia will take place on Sunday.

“Maybe this game has a historic significance. The chance to settle a score. Both teams have shown their qualities and are deserved finalists,” Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic said referring to 1998 world cup semi-final when Croatia lost 1-2 to France.

“This is football, what we have to do is focus on preparing the best game in the tournament in the final.”

Dalic also praised the team and said, “I said this tournament would be won by teams with character who execute on the pitch as their coach shows them. We were 1-0 down in three games in a row and we overtook all these. We have done that today in extra time.

“On top of all the football qualities, they have shown character. We are a nation of people who are proud, never give in and have character.”