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"They've raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we're grateful to everyone involved". Croatia's most memorable victory over the Three Lions was the 3-2 win in 2009 at Wembley when Niko Kranjcar, Ivica Olic and Mladen Petric scored to knock England out of qualifying for Euro 2008. They were also champions that year. That's the detail you get in the semifinal of the World Cup.
"This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998".
Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, said: "With Brazil now out of the world cup, Belgium is at the top of our probability table with a 32.6% chance of lifting the trophy, closely followed by France (29.8%)". Croatia are on two record runs for them: five World Cup matches without defeat and scoring in nine matches in a row.
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Even with Belgium's defensive line changing from a back-three in possession to a back-four when defending, it is hard to stop France from many different angles.
It would be hard to find a more interesting final four than the one that has wound up in Russian Federation, two teams that expected to come this far, and two that didn't.
Both France and Belgium won their respective groups.
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But the Croatians were in no mood to let Denmark enjoy the unprecedented lead for very long as they too found the net soon after. Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic got a hand to Jorgensen's toe-poke but effectively deflected the ball across his own line.
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"Yes, we are very exhausted at the moment, but we cherish it because we deserved it", the 30-year-old Croatian midfielder added.
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Coach Roberto Martinez (C) celebrates Belgium's opening goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
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Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team.