Photographer unwittingly becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

12 July, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Myra Gill
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Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

Midfielder Jesse Lingard said: "Was an honour to represent my country at the world cup".

"There's no weakness in a team that is in the final".

"I just feel so disappointed".

"The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play in", manager Gareth Southgate said.

With the game's score tied as of this story's publish, chances are high there will only be more beer spilled as English - and Croatian - fans continue to root avidly for their country's success on the World Cup stage. After the strangely subdued atmosphere of the quarter-final victory against Sweden in hard-to-reach Samara, the atmosphere inside the tournament's biggest stadium was electric.


The supporters were in dreamland when Kieran Trippier curled a David Beckham-esque free kick into the top corner in the fifth minute.

At global level, Sterling's qualities often seem to be appreciated more by the opposition than many of England's fans.

The Croatians become the smallest nation to contest the World Cup final since Uruguay, who won the tournament in 1950 when the nation had a population of around 2.4 million.

While semi-final tickets remained relatively affordable before the game, going for between £300 and £800 from touts and online resellers, the market for final tickets was already at several times face value. Realistically, I don't think any of us did. Mario Mandzukic scored a poacher's goal in the 109th minute, latching onto Perišić's flick to put Croatia ahead and into their first ever World Cup final. It's a decision he will not now have to make.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

The Croatians overcame an even bigger demographic difference in the quarter-final, beating Russian Federation - a nation of around 145 million - on penalties.

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