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Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Moscow, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the victor in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener.

Although the statistics registered the 58% of the ball possession in favor of Croatia against England's 42%, the first half ended with 1-0 flashing on the scoreboard.

France won the match 3-0 to claim the World Cup for the first time, with the timing of the match two days before Bastille Day adding to the significance of the victory.

The Barcelona defender's second-half header was enough to settle this St Petersburg semi-final against neighbours Belgium, who had Les Bleus legend Thierry Henry in their dugout. "I can only compare it to when the Olympics came to London", Rimet said. "I am very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality". There is still one game to play and the most important of our careers.

"In four years, we're going to be unstoppable".

The World Cup in Russian Federation has thrown up some stunning twists, turns and shocks, so it's perhaps fitting that its final game will feature the smallest nation to appear in the last stage of the tournament since 1950.

"It was a very hard game, we all knew what was at stake, how important such a semi-final was for a small nation like Croatia", Perisic said of the win over England.

They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars.

That's proved to be the case, although they have relied on large part on grit and determination to see them through the knockout stages, beating Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties before seeing off England in extra time.

However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses".

"We played better than we did against Argentina".

I was told it would resemble an apocalypse.

The 29-year-old Perisic recalled watching Croatia's last semi-final appearance in 1998, a game won 2-1 by eventual champions France.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement.

"Times have changed - it was 28 years ago", he said, noting the current team's style differed from the individual stars like Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne who grabbed headlines then.

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