Ranking the Top Players in Russia After Semi-Finals

Ranking the Top Players in Russia After Semi-Finals

Pogba played a key role at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night as France overcame a resilient Belgium side, and Deschamps insists he "was nearly everywhere", as France booked their place in the World Cup final.

"We were motivated and what I told these players before the game was "there's no pressure, no nerves, don't lose your head - you've reached the semi-final, be proud and enjoy your football". Goals by Robert Prosinećki in the 13th minute and Davor Šuker in the 35th minute wrote history for Croatian football.

England coach Gareth Southgate said his team need to "suffer" their loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals and understand the opportunity they passed up before pondering the positives from their remarkable campaign.

Despite taking an early lead, Croatia made it 2-1 in extra time where they secured a place in the final.

It has played France five times, losing three games and drawing two.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic with skipper Luka Modric during their extra-time win over England.

A victory in the final for the nation known for its red-and-white checkered jerseys would be the nation's greatest sporting moment since breaking from Yugoslavia to become an independent state in 1991 - a year after its national soccer team started playing.

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"What our players did today, the strength they've shown, the stamina, the energy levels ..."

"I don't think realistically we expected to be here". They then came from a goal down against England on Wednesday to win 2-1 in extra time.

"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

'When England come to play us in qualifying for the European Championships next year we don't even have an adequate stadium for the game. And physical preparation. if the player is not in good physical shape, he will not play well in a World Cup.

The Croatian Football Federation issued a press release where they announced that they have invited the 1998 team to Sunday's final.

'We have not got the infrastructure but we have god-given talent and pride.

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