France favorites as Moscow basks in World Cup spotlight

Annette Crawford
July 15, 2018

The decision meant Croatia, whose last three knockout-round games lasted 120 minutes, have had to play the tournament with 22 players instead of the usual 23.

Perisic missed training on Friday along with Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko and Danijel Subasic.

The so-called "golden generation" had sights firmly set on winning the World Cup and were well on course after proving their mental fortitude in a dramatic come-from-behind win over Japan and then going toe-to-toe with Brazil and beating them in the quarter-final.

According to reports, Federation Internationale de Football Association has allocated record $791 million for prize money, payments to clubs and player insurance fee. "That's why I don't worry about my players' condition".

"There's nothing more lovely, as a professional football player, than to play in the World Cup final", he said at the pre-match news conference.

"We did not insist on practice sessions".

"Croatia is our bet and we are confident that they will be crowned winners", Joseph Mutie said.

" We need relaxation and rest".

"I couldn't ask any more of any of my players today or right through the seven weeks we have worked together". The contribution of Suker, who finished as the tournament's top scorer, sticks in the memory but he was not the only one to impress.

"What went against us was that the quality of our own finishing in open play - it let us down", Allardyce told talkSPORT.

But Rakitic believes the pride of representing the smallest country to make the World Cup final in 68 years, with a population of just over four million, will motivate Croatia to create history.

"Win or lose, tomorrow there will be a seismic event in Croatia. This gives us strength and motivation", he said.

The frontman failed to find the net in that time, despite having his moments in front of goal, including being put through by playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, who was perhaps the most influential player on the pitch.

"In the end we are very proud of what we've done".

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