Croatia plots 'football Brexit' as England World Cup semi looms

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after German great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti secured a place in the final for Les Bleus but the performance of the Manchester United midfielder caught the eye in St Petersburg.

"We didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup", he said.

Olivier Giroud, who is still without a goal in Russian Federation, revelled in his childhood dream of reaching a World Cup final and hopes to emulate 1998 hero Zinedine Zidane. "We don't want to stop".

While England eased through the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Sweden, Croatia was forced into a penalty shootout against Russian Federation after finishing extra time at 2-2.

Just four teams remain, all of them from Europe: Belgium, France, Croatia, and England. We always have to give credit to the players.

"We would like to host them and share with them the happiness of football, hoping that this can go some way to helping them after everything they've been through in the last few weeks". We worked hard defensively. We don't realise the support we're receiving like we did at the European Championships.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup". That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter". 90 minutes, it turns out, is quite literally no match for the average 2018 human being's attention span, as the supposedly "second-screen" benefits of social media have overwhelmed the very spectacle they were created to complement.

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