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Why England's World Cup semifinal loss was really painful

Why England's World Cup semifinal loss was really painful

"We've shown our character". The victor will challenge France in Sunday's final. England coach Gareth Southgate all but conceded he wanted to lose that one so as to avoid a harder route to the semifinal, and his strategy worked, right up until Croatia's Mario Mandzukic beat England 'keeper Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute Wednesday night.

Croatia reached the World Cup final for the very first time in the history of the country and will play France for the title on Sunday.

Along the way to the final, Croatia have beaten Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, but have needed extra-time and penalties to see off both Denmark and Russian Federation. It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win.

"They want to win. They know we've got beaten but we've come so far". "But it's a game that's part of the World Cup.so we'll put in that performance and give it the best we can".

"We are only focused on our game and our performance", he said.

"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed".

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"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", Cortez told AFP.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal. In a lot of games it's small margins and it went their way today.

Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job a year ago after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Ex-Real Madrid forward Davor Suker, the current president of the country's football federation, was the golden boot victor in 1998 with six goals for a team that also featured AC Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban, as well as defenders Igor Stimac and Slaven Bilic - both of whom played in England.

He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.


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