Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Croatia play down fatigue fears as they eye

Croatia play down fatigue fears as they eye

Heartbreak for the England side in Moscow leads the Thursday papers as Gareth Southgate's men were beaten 2-1 by Croatia after extra time.

A packed stadium provided an intense World Cup atmosphere for the game, after thousands of England and Croatia fans had flown into the Russian capital.

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest.

"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well. We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old at Tuesday's eve-of-game press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

The signing of a world class goalkeeper remains the primary target for Liverpool this summer, particularly following Loris Karius' high profile mistakes in the Champions League final at the end of May.

Lovren was a defensive rock as Croatia came from behind to beat England in the semi-final on Wednesday and seal a date with France in Moscow on Sunday.

"We started slowly, but we showed our character just as in the previous two knockout games when we were a goal down".

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"The first half was unbelievable and the second half was awful". You give everything you have, build friendships with your team, give everything for your country and play in a way that you hope connects with the fans.

Pockets within the Hyde Park crowd continued to clap and chant but the disappointment was obvious with some people with hands on their heads, tears in their eyes and too upset to talk.

That year, France both hosted FIFA's World Cup and won, beating Brazil 3-0.

Chris Treloar, 34, said: "I'm absolutely gutted, especially with the way the goal went in".

World Cup fever is gripping the country as the Three Lions defied expectations to go their furtherest in the tournament since 1990.

"It's been fantastic until now".

'This time the fans are still out their now, so it's a lot better to leave like this although we would have like to leave in even better conditions'. "Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".

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