A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

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"People say I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he said.

The BBC says one of the two videos in which Vida appeared was posted online after Croatia beat host Russian Federation for the right to play in the semi-final against England.

"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said.

Those two moments of excellence helped Croatia reach its first World Cup final following a 2-1 win over England on Wednesday, setting up a title match against France.

Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.

"The game went a lot better after the first half", said Richard Majic, another spectator at the garage. Defender Kieran Trippier put Gareth Southgate's squad ahead just five minutes in with yet another a goal from a set piece, a direct free kick that settled into the top right corner of Danijel Subasic's net.

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"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years".

Coach Didier Deschamps gave the team a one-day off to rest and recover from the gruelling battle, which victory took them to the final of the competition.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

"I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup", Ogunde said. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win". Croatia will look to get over the historical hump of never winning, while the French will look to move past recent failures like their loss to Portugal in their home country during the last match of the 2016 Euro Cup.

"England players have restored national pride and will return home as national treasures", Sky reported.

Look at the other teams they'll be up against. They faced Colombia, Sweden and Croatia in the knockout phase, all good teams but none of them a traditional power like Germany or Italy or Brazil, let alone France or Uruguay.

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