Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Messages and videos of support have flooded in for the Croatian football team ahead of their crucial World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight. France has been one of the most complete sides in the tournament, topping Belgium in the semifinal round.

Waistcoats have been flying out of the shops.

Hundreds of fans add to the surroundings, amidst the cooling temperature of the evening.

The Croatia defender set up the equalizer in the second half and then saved a likely goal by clearing a shot off the line in the first half of extra time.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.

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We would reach the final. "We've strived to be as good as we could be at an global level and it's taken us two years to get there".

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Mandzukic had Croatia's best chance at the end of the first additional period, but Pickford blocked his shot from close range. Perisic leaped to meet Sime Vrsaljko's curling cross with his left foot and hit it past Jordan Pickford in the 68th minute.

There were scenes of heartbreak at the various fan parks across the nation, including at Hyde Park, where 30,000 gathered to watch the big game.

Football-watching in the United Kingdom often goes hand-in-hand with drinking, and pub landlords are getting excited ahead of the match.

But police warned against any repeat of the disorder that followed Saturday's win over Sweden, in which some revelers jumped on vehicles, including buses and an ambulance, and damaged shops.

"Shops were damaged, people were abused and assaulted, and others climbed on buses and cars, causing damage to vehicles, and in some cases, themselves", said Mark Roberts, head of football policing for The National Police Chiefs' Council.

The winners of Wednesday's game will face France in the final at 1500 GMT on Sunday. Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation.

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