“I don’t think people realize that we did not even have a flag recognized before and our national anthem was not allowed, so hearing it and seeing our flag everywhere is huge for us”, said Erica Zlomislic, who works at the Croatian Heritage Association.
One of the noticeable differences in Pogba’s performance was the fact that he put in a completely selfless performance for the team. More was expected of an £89.5 million midfielder with the off-field personality to match his transfer fee.
From the heartbreak of watching reigning Champions Germany submit to elimination at the hands of minnows South Korea, to England’s scintillating run since 1966, by far, arguably, the 2018 World Cup has been one of the most memorable tournaments ever since its inception.
“We reached the final, we want to play the final, France had one extra day to recover but there will be no excuses”. “I’ll be at the park for the party afterwards, for whatever happens”. While they are the favourites to win, Croatia clearly has a strong shot at taking the title as well.
We’ve been treated to football at its finest in most cases, including cracking goals which a tournament of this magnitude warrants. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together.
France went undefeated in the group stages (including a 2-1 victory over the Socceroos) then won a thrilling 4-3 last 16 clash against Argentina. It is unknown territory for Croatia however.
But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt.
But how can you watch in English or Spanish? “They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic”, Pogba said. There wasn’t even any desperate defending with players throwing themselves to block shots or scrambling to clear balls off the line or to catch the opposition who were left free. “The plan is to win the match”.
Sunday’s final in Moscow against Croatia is a repeat of the 1998 semi-final, with Croatia wanting revenge for their defeat 20 years ago. Their playing style may not be attractive, but it was certainly effective and they have made their country very proud. I guess Croatia is my team for finals!
“We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the (2016) final”, the head coach added.