Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

England coming home after semi-final defeat

England coming home after semi-final defeat

"It is true we have not made good results at major tournaments for decades, but we should not be surprised Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup given the quality of the players, which has been proven".

Presumably not the people who have to clean up after though, we all know more than half of them don't get drunk. France lost the game even though they had a better team in terms of representation in elite clubs. Kieran Trippier approached the ball, and fired it over the wall, into the top right corner for the early 1-0 lead.

The winners will progress to Sunday's final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to face either Croatia or England, while the losers will play in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

"What the players did today, the strength, energies levels, was incredible", he said.

"No one complains and they all realize the importance of the competition".

Ian Broudie and co will treat fans to a live performance of their iconic football anthem before England's World Cup game.

The Croatians overcame an even bigger demographic difference in the quarter-final, beating Russian Federation - a nation of around 145 million - on penalties.

Against Belgium Tuesday, France was watchful and disciplined.

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A stunning 24-shot rally ended with Del Potro pulling off the most sublime diving volley and avoiding facing a break point. Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses". "Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses", he added.

"The difference sadly is a set play in a very close and tight game", lamented Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

Asked what Macron told the players, Les Bleus young forward Kylian Mbappe told TF1: "He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the cup".

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"There is a spirit in the squad that can move mountains", he said.

"They are young but they have character, a (winning) mentality".

"We have created an opportunity to become world champions but we are still not there. But we want to fulfill our destiny".

Before the start of the World Cup, neither of the two soccer-obsessed countries expected to get to the semi-finals.

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