Mourinho Lauds Inter's Perisic Following World Cup Semi-Final Performance

Lynette Rowe
July 13, 2018

The game ended 1-1 in regular time, and was won with Croatia's second goal scored in extra time. "I would play a final without a leg if necessary".

"We were really comfortable in the game", said England defender Harry Maguire, who twice rose highest at corners in the first 15 minutes to send headers wide of Croatia's goal.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

The tournament has been a gripping contest between 32 teams who have all dazzled under the lights at the grandest stage of them all.

For an hour, it looked like England would be headed to Sunday's World Cup.

The mental resilience necessary to come through such tests was the result of the emphasis on playing as a team, Dalic said, and indicated a wider trend at a World Cup where the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all went home early.

After defeating Sweden in a 2-0 show of force last weekend, the Three Lions qualified for their first semi-final since 1990, but winning against Croatia tonight would've marked the end of an even longer dry run. "We will see who wins, though it makes no difference to me".

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Croatia - the first team to earn three comeback wins in the knockout stage of a World Cup - will play in its first final.

England remain in the tournament and still have to play the third place play-off - dubbed "the game no-one wants to play" against Belgium at 3pm on Saturday, July 14.

Their manager knew it would be hard to say much.

Prince William led the tributes to England's beaten World Cup heroes after their extraordinary efforts in Russian Federation.

Croatia, a country of about 4 million people, came to a standstill as fans watched the game on screens in squares and cafes. "They should be more humble and respect their opponents more".

"I can be very happy with my life", Dalic said, adding that "without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it".

A significant amount of the pre-tournament discussion was centred around potential trouble between England and Russian Federation fans, after the clashes between the two sets of supporters in Marseille in 2016.

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