Deflated England, Belgium get ready for third place clash

Kristopher Nichols
July 15, 2018

From that point on, however, Kane failed to so much as register a shot on target in the win against Sweden and defeats to Croatia and Belgium, leaving Neville to question the player's fitness.

Croatia went on to beat England 2-1 and face France in the final on Sunday.

For the record, European teams have claimed the third place in the past nine World Cups.

THE World Cup third-place play-off has been staged on 18 previous occasions, prior to England vs Belgium.

Croatia wanted to begin their World Cup campaign with a win and they did it with a disciplined performance against Nigeria.

"It's different but no less painful, for sure, but I've also got to get everyone else through the next three days".

"We can only be happy and proud that despite the crisis, Croatians have put aside the problems and the hardship", said Dalic.

"I haven't seen any trouble at all between any of the fans". "People will realise they should respect Croatia", defender Dejan Lovren said after the game.

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We are extremely proud of our players, this is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian sport. We are going through to the World Cup final - but you have to realise that dream.

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Southgate made five changes from the team that lost the semi-final to Croatia, saying that his side had been unable to train in the aftermath of their previous game.

Argentine Nestor Pitana's roundabout route to becoming a World Cup final referee has taken in work as a film extra and as a security guard at a disco as well as a spell playing basketball at regional level.

"It's very similar to our 1998 side, but we knew that we have great individuals in this team and now they proved that we have great team".

"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready".

"So, it was an incredibly hard game for us but in the second half the players were relentless in trying to keep going, actually played some good football, created some chances".

"Modric is indescribable to me, but my favorite player today is Rebic!" "What I want is my global team's success, not individual awards". He's come out after the game having won and thought "I'm going to have a dig" and obviously he's in a position to do that.

"We are still living our dreams, we are so close", he said calmly from the team's hotel in the centre of Moscow.

"But I think we've done really well to reach the semi-final".

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