On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

Both England and Belgium escaped Group G to reach the World Cup semifinal, but after both teams failed to reach the final, they'll meet again in the third place match. "It looked like as the game advanced, we improved physically and that was impressive".

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed.

The Village in Station Hill was packed full of optimistic fans as Gareth Southgate's men played their first semi-final since 1990 against Croatia.

Croatian Cultural Society spokesman Goran Katich watched the game with fellow supporters at the Croatian club in west Auckland and said they were ecstatic when the final whistle went.

"He is 32 or 33 and has given me hope this is not my last tournament and I am looking forward to going to the Euros and, hopefully, going to another World Cup as this experience has been incredible".

"But then there's a saying: Of all the unimportant things in the world, football is the most important".

Thanks to England's run to the semi-finals in Russian Federation, there will have been plenty more added to the charitable pot.

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With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blue shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-final in France, sparking delirium at home.

New Zealand may still be winners at the World Cup after all. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.

"This is fantastic", Dalic said.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.

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