Croatia will take on France in their first World Cup final on Sunday afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at Croatia’s route to the showpiece event.
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The quality of Zlatko Dalic’s side shone through in an ultimately comfortable win over the two-time world champions that saw Ante Rebic, Modric and Ivan Rakitic find the back of the net. Rebic took advantage of a Willy Caballero error to volley home the opener before Modric scored his second of the tournament with a brilliant effort 10 minutes from time. Rakitic added a late third as Croatia secured their place in the last 16.
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Denmark got off to a flying start with Mathias Jorgensen netting in the first minute but Mario Mandzukic levelled soon after. Neither side could find another breakthrough – Modric missing a penalty deep into extra-time – as the match went to spot-kicks. And it was Croatia who emerged victorious with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving from Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen to put his side through to the quarter-finals for the first time in 20 years.
Mandzukic was the hero for Croatia as he turned in Rakitic’s header in extra-time to set up a final against France. Once again they found themselves behind as Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute free-kick had put England ahead. Croatia proved to be the better side as the game wore on and scored a deserved equaliser through Perisic, with Mandzukic then hitting the post before scoring the decisive strike.
- Press Association