Vertonghen 'gutted' after semi-final loss

Vertonghen 'gutted' after semi-final loss

Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.

The CFF had entitled a tweet about Ivan Perišić: 'Talk about your dreams coming true!'

"You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.

France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, but they are rejecting the favorites tag which cost them dearly two years ago, he said.

Perišić had a major part to play in the game, having set up the victor after netting midway through the second period.

Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

Liverpool defender Lovren was equally scathing after the game, he said: 'This feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game.

The score was 1-1 at injury time when captain Harry Kane scored a dramatic goal in the 91st minute.

"This is something indescribable", said Perišić in the aftermath. We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final. We were there, we were so close to the title, and we just fell short.

That is not a sign of a struggling team, according to Pogba, but one that has a lot of talent.

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"And that is a real feature of this generation of players".

"There is still a big step left, so we need to focus again".

England lost much of their first-half momentum after the break.

'We were the better team in the second half and in extra time.

Kieran Tripper, who was perhaps England's best player out in Russian Federation and scored on the night, was comforted by wife Charlotte and their young daughter. "They've shown remarkable character", Southgate said.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic also paid tribute to his side's toughness. As France prepared for Sunday's final, Pogba, 25, promised there was more to come from him not only this weekend but in years to come. This may have been an extra motivating factor for us.

"But this is a totally different story". We are not thinking about being favourites.

"We have three days to prepare ourselves".

Reliving the moments after the World Cup glory, Petit, one of the stars of the 1998 winners, told Federation Internationale de Football Association during a game to celebrate the 20th anniversary, "It's impressive 20 years later to see how that win was more than just a sporting event".

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