Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

England's players celebrate Dele Alli putting them 2-0 up against Sweden

England's players celebrate Dele Alli putting them 2-0 up against Sweden

Only a pair of games remain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, after this we'll have to wait another four years for World Cup action.

Who will come out on top when France meet Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday?

Croatia's football team late on Thursday eliminated England in the second semifinal game of the World Cup 2018, played in Russian Federation.

The Three Lions fought bravely but came up just short in extra time as Croatia snatched a late victor to book their spot in Sunday's final with France.

Her spokeswoman said: "We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russian Federation, and that is something that we are going to talk to the FA about".

For the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, FIFA have selected Iranian referee Alireza Faghani.

With a population of just over four million, Croatia are the smallest country to reach a World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950.

Then Mandzukic scored, giving Croatia the lead for the first time in the match, and there was no way back for England.

Thomas Meunier says beating England to the bronze medal is now the minimum requirement for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup.

"But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

"The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time".

"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy". "They have a day off and we'll assess them tomorrow". We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were wonderful.

"We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Ivan Kecerin, 41.

"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".

Plenkovic, who returned from Moscow where he attended the semi-final, congratulated the squad on a "fascinating success for Croatian sports and football". And I know we will.

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