Croatian president to attend FIFA World Cup final

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After returning from their Friday quarterfinals in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, respectively, France and Belgium will work out at their Moscow-area training bases Sunday before heading to St. Petersburg to take each other on Tuesday night for a ticket to the final.

He said: "People were talking.English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake". A Croatian soccer official will be allowed to watch the team's World Cup semifinal match from a VIP section despite being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of captain Luka Modric.

Ivan Rakitic has heaped praise on his Croatia teammate and skipper Luka Modric, insisting the Real Madrid midfielder should be awarded the Ballon d'Or following yet another sensational season for club and country.

As Croatia advanced to the FIFA World Cup final for the first time in history, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, its first-ever woman President won many hearts worldwide for her enthusiasm during her country's matches. "We started slowly today but we showed our character and again came from a goal behind just like we did in the previous knockout rounds".

"In my personal opinion, I think this is the best he's playing for the Croatian national team".

But the British Prime Minister's wishes seemed to have little impact on the game as a determined Croatia won the contest 2-1 against England.

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"We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic.

"That is what it must have been like in Italia 90 when we got to the semi-final".

'We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game.

After the final whistle, which signalled Croatia's win over Denmark, the former's head of state entered the team's changing room to give them a heartfelt hug. "In 20 years we have really become a football force".

"Mentally strong team", Rakatic said.

Lovren, 29, made 43 appearances for Liverpool last season as they finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.

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