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FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinal schedule France vs Belgium England vs Croatia

FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinal schedule France vs Belgium England vs Croatia

"The only thing that stands in our way of achieving the World Cup is France, again" said Ivan Skoko, 25, who was born in Canada but lived in Croatia in 2014.

Writing Croatia's name in the history books: "We'll be in the history books for being, along with Uruguay, the smallest country to play in the final".

"Congratulations with all my heart, bravo!", Miodrag, a resident of Nis in southern Serbia told the website of Serbian state TV on Wednesday after the semi-final win over England.

"The Fiery Ones are in the final, the nation is in a trance - one more step to the title!" said the Jutarnji List, using the team's nickname.

France stars Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc raise the Fifa World Cup after winning it in Paris in 1998. "Over the last couple of days people have recognised that". For Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Vincent Kompany, their dreams of lifting the World Cup trophy are over.

Pogba said that the Les Blues are determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final at home to Portugal when they face the Croats at the Luzhniki Stadium.

In Macedonia, most residents are supporting Croatia, despite the nationalist right´s unswerving support for Russian Federation. So we'll try and get the team that is best able to do the job. He played the game with great maturity.

Slaven Bilic went on to a career as a football manager, most recently with West Ham United in the English Premier League. Thuram scored the go-ahead goal with a curling shot in the 70th minute, and France won 2-1.

The victory sparked wild celebrations in Croatia, where tens of thousands of fans poured onto the streets and squares, singing, letting off flares and waving red-white-and-blue flags.

Croats in Bosnia, where they make up 15 percent of the population, also supported the Croatia team, but Bosnian political analyst Zoran Kresic detected something deeper, saying the support "has unified the region and Bosnia for the first time since the bloody wars". That led European football's governing body to deduct a point from Croatia, ordered to play two additional games without fans and fined €100,000 (NZ$172,000).

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