Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for World Cup final against France

England's forward Harry Kane applauds at the end of their 2018 World Cup quarter-final match against Sweden at the Samara Arena in Samara

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We will enjoy ourselves a little, not for long - we must be focused for the final.

"I think [Belgium coach Roberto] Martinez had made a decision to put (Marouane) Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only anxious about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball, but he knew what to do, he left very little waste".

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it", he said. France, one of the 2018 World Cup favorites from the beginning, is a -110 money line favorite on Sunday, meaning you'd need to wager $110 on the French winning in regulation to return $100. Until then, I would've bet anything on England going to the final, but suddenly Croatia equalised and completely took over.

Croatia, with a population of just 4.17 million, booked their place in the July 15 final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by beating England at the same venue 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday night.

But the Guardian said the players might struggle to shake off the ordeal of losing the semi-final.

The 43-year-old officiated the tournament's opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia and was in charge for France's quarter-final victory over Uruguay, as well as Croatia's last-16 clash with Denmark. That hasn't been the only drama for Croatia, which won its first two World Cup knockout stage games against Denmark and Russian Federation on penalty kicks.


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

"For us, we are not the favourites".

Either way, Pogba has proven himself one of the leading stars of the 2018 tournament, with some of football's most prestigious names rushing forward to lavish praise on the gangly wizard's sophisticated and intelligent midfield displays.

"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation". It's on the shirt, but I did not win it.

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

Against England, Croatia rebounded from the early concession to level matters through Ivan Perisic's 68-minute strike. We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength. "Even their defenders are outstanding players".

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