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Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

6 days ago   |   By Seattle Pi

MOSCOW - A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game.
"We love to be the underdogs," Lovren said in the wake of Croatia's England 2-1 extra-time win over England.
With a population of 4.3 million and a history of struggle, it's easy to see why. Not since Uruguay's win in 1950 has a country of so few people reached a World Cup final.
Croatia's players were born around the time an independent Croatia emerged from the wars which divided the former Yugoslavia in the...
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Top 10 player performances in World Cup history

6 days ago   |   By Sportsnet

Some of the all-time greats left their mark on soccer's greatest stage. Here are the 10 best player performances in World Cup history.
Pele (1958): The 1958 World Cup in Sweden was the first to receive international television coverage. It was the perfect stage from which the career of the most recognized athlete of the 20th century and the greatest soccer player of all time was launched: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more famously known as Pele. Nobody captured the imagination of the Swedish fans like the Brazilian. With six goals to his credit, including a pair in the final, the...
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Why is there a World Cup 2018 third-place play-off & when to watch Belgium vs England

Why is there a World Cup 2018 third-place play-off & when to watch Belgium vs England

6 days ago   |   By Goal

The third-place game is played between the losers of the semi-final round in the World Cup and is generally forgotten about - so what is its purpose?
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Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

6 days ago   |   By Fox Sports

MOSCOW A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game.
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England scored another set piece goal that was so good the opposing keeper could only shrug

6 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

England scored yet another set piece goal on Wednesday to earn an early 1-0 lead over Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. It's the ninth goal England has scored from a free kick, corner, or penalty thus far in the tournament, more than any other team in the field. Should England hold on for the win, the Three Lions will take on France in the final on Sunday. England got off to about as good a start as the team could have hoped for against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal. Fighting for the chance to take on France in the final, England scored yet another set piece goal just minutes into...
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England, Belgium to play for 3rd place at World Cup

England, Belgium to play for 3rd place at World Cup

6 days ago   |   By Fox Sports

MOSCOW England defender Kyle Walker is finding meaning in the game no one wants to play.
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Zagreb Was Lit After Croatia Made the World Cup Final

6 days ago   |   By Bleacher Report

Croatia made their first World Cup final with their thrilling win over England on Wednesday. In Zagreb, for good reason, their fans went wild...
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World Cup Power Rankings: Croatia rises after making unprecedented final appearance; France takes top spot

6 days ago   |   By CBSSports

France takes the top spot after beating Belgium in the World Cup semis to reach the final in Moscow
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Croatia 2-1 England

6 days ago   |   By FIFA

International Sign Language - FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 11th July 2018 - Croatia vs. England
FIFA will publish short summaries of all 64 World Cup matches in sign language.
This is a service especially for the deaf and hard of hearing. This gives some 70 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing around the world the opportunity to see a short summary of the matches in sign language after the final whistle.
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World Cup 2018: Croatia outlast England to book World Cup final date

6 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Ivan Perisic starred for Croatia as they stunned England 2-1 after extra-time in the semifinals to progress to the final of the World Cup. England got off to a terrific start in what was their biggest game in 28 years. Dele Alli was brought down on the edge of the area by Luka Modric and the Three Lions took full toll.
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England set World Cup set-piece record

6 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

England have set a record for the most set-piece goals at a World Cup since 1966.
Kieran Trippier's early free-kick in the semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday gave the Three Lions their ninth set-piece strike of the tournament.
That goal breaks
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Revealed: Photos taken by Yuri Cortez after Croatia players buried him in celebration

6 days ago   |   By The Scotsman

The photographer buried under the bodies of several jubilant Croatia players following Mario Mandzukic's winning strike in the World Cup semi final with England last night has described the incident as a “crazy moment”. Agence France-Presse's Yuri Cortez was positioned near one of the corner flags in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and revealed he was changing his camera lens when Mandzukic wheeled away to celebrate scoring the winner.As the Croats wildly celebrated the extra time strike, a number of players fell into the area where the photographers were stationed. Cortez found himself...
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2018 World Cup third-place match: England vs. Belgium odds, lines, expert picks, insider predictions

6 days ago   |   By CBSSports

European soccer expert picks Saturday's 2018 World Cup third-place game
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World Cup 2018: 10 reasons it's Croatia and France in the final

World Cup 2018: 10 reasons it's Croatia and France in the final

6 days ago   |   By Sporting News

A lot of things happened to a lot of teams on the way to France vs. Croatia.
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World Cup Final Odds: France 4/9 to beat Croatia in Moscow

World Cup Final Odds: France 4/9 to beat Croatia in Moscow

6 days ago   |   By Goal

Les Blues are the bookmakers' favourites to get the better of Zlatko Dalic's side who edged out England in extra time to reach the showpiece finale
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Famous dive in last France-Croatia World Cup match

6 days ago   |   By Seattle Pi

MOSCOW - One of the most notorious dives in soccer history took pace the last time France played Croatia in the World Cup.
Les Bleus led Croatia by a goal in their 1998 semifinal at Stade de France when French defender Laurent Blanc gave Slaven Bilic a slight shove on the chest in jostling during a free kick. Bilic shouted and slammed the palm of his hand into his face, as if he had been struck on the head. Spanish referee Jose Manuel Garcia bought the act in the pre-video review age, and Blanc was ejected for the first time in his career.
Despite seeing the replay afterward, FIFA refused...
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England vs Croatia, World Cup 2018: What time is kick-off tonight, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

6 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

It is the second World Cup 2018 semi-final fixture between England and Croatia, England's opportunity to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 and their first appearance in a World Cup semi-final since 1990, where France now lie in wait. ITV had first pick and obviously plumped for England. You can also follow the match here with Telegraph Sport, from build-up and team news to the final whistle.
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