Tag Archives: Crotia

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

07 July, 2018 10:14 pm 10:14 pm

MOSCOW (Reuters) – France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years. The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an … Read More

France favourites as Moscow basks in World Cup spotlight

07 July, 2018 6:29 pm 6:29 pm

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia can cause a massive upset but France are favourites as Moscow basked in sweltering summer sun and the world’s spotlight on the big day of the World Cup final. A nation of just over four millions are 90 minutes away from what could be a pleasant shock for them if Croatia … Read More

Croatia will have excess energy for World Cup final – Rakitic

07 July, 2018 8:25 am 8:25 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia will have more than enough energy to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday despite being taken to extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said. The Croats needed penalties to beat Denmark and Russia in the last-16 and quarter-finals respectively … Read More

Mandzukic sends irrepressible Croatia into first World Cup final

07 July, 2018 9:05 am 9:05 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia yet again showed their magnificent resilience to come from behind and beat England 2-1 on Wednesday as Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time goal sent them into their first World Cup final and a possible revenge mission against France. For the third successive knockout game the Croats trailed, this time to Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute … Read More

Croatia were lions, says scorer Mandzukic

07 July, 2018 8:43 am 8:43 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia played like lions to beat England and reach the World Cup final on Wednesday, striker Mario Mandzukic said after scoring the winning goal, while coach Zlatko Dalic described the performance as fantasy. Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Carl Recine “This is a miracle. Only great teams can be … Read More

Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

07 July, 2018 8:30 am 8:30 am

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia on Wednesday. “We blew our chances,” 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near … Read More

Comeback kings Croatia still have unfinished business

07 July, 2018 8:20 am 8:20 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia’s strength of character will serve them well in the World Cup final against France, their coach and players said after they came from behind for the third straight knockout match to beat England on Wednesday. The Croats, who play France on Sunday 20 years after losing to them in the 1998 … Read More

Spark missing but Croatia still advance to quarter-finals

07 July, 2018 9:56 am 9:56 am

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Croatia showed none of the spark that marked their romp through the group phase but still did enough to edge Denmark in their round-of-16 clash on Sunday and ensure they will take on Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals next weekend. They triumphed 3-2 on post-match penalties after a 1-1 … Read More

Croatia captain Modric steps up after agonising penalty miss

07 July, 2018 9:52 am 9:52 am

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Of all the Croatia players who mobbed Danijel Subasic after his penalty shootout heroics against Denmark on Sunday, none would have hugged the goalkeeper tighter than his captain Luka Modric. Subasic made three saves to help put Croatia into the World Cup quarter-finals and relieve the agony of his skipper … Read More