Croatia star shouts home town's massive Cup bar tab

Zlatko Dalic

Mia Šetula, a Croatian student at Bournemouth University, admitted she will be cheering for England's opponents tonight. "Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

"I think that we played phenomenal today, and after we conceded the goal we completely outplayed England even though they were saying that we are exhausted, that they are better".

A Croatian soccer official will be allowed to watch the team's World Cup semifinal match from a VIP section on Wednesday despite being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of captain Luka Modric.

The BBC says one of the two videos in which Vida appeared was posted online after Croatia beat host Russian Federation for the right to play in the semi-final against England.

"At the moment we all feel the pain of defeat", Southgate said.

The encounter in Moscow headed to extra time but Mario Mandzukic's 109th minute strike ended England's hopes of a first World Cup final since 1966.

Former Croatia global Filip Tapalovic has been surprised by the nation's World Cup run, highlighting their mentality and team spirit as crucial.

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But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russian Federation.

Jose Mourinho insists England have reason to be optimistic despite falling agonisingly short of the World Cup final.

"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.

"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".

France earned their semifinal victory over Belgium courtesy of a perfectly executed set piece on a corner that saw Samuel Umtiti perfectly slot home a header.

Should England hold on to win, the Three Lions will face France in the final on Sunday.

"Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

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