WATCH: Croatia's road to the World Cup Final

Alex Broun 13/07/2018
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Luka Modric has been inspirational for Croatia

Croatia are the team that will not die at this World Cup.

Needing penalties to squeak past both Denmark (Round of 16) and Russia (Quarter-finals), Mario Mandzukic then scored a 109th minute winner to complete a come-back victory against England in the semi-final.

Watch below as we trace the Vatreni’s route to the World Cup Final where they will meet France this Sunday at 19:00 (UAE time) in Moscow.

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France's Kylian Mbappe comes face to face with Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne

Many pundits are billing it as the World Cup Final come five days early.

But just who will win when the two form teams of the tournament – the Golden Generation of Belgium and Les Bleus of France – come head to head in St Petersburg on Tuesday night. (22:00 UAE time)

Sport 360’s own tactical guru – Brendon Netto – takes us through exactly how he thinks this pulsating first semi-final will unfold. Check out the video below.

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WATCH: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric can tame Three Lions

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Croatia's midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric (R) attend a training ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England

It’s been an exhausting ride for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup as they have had to get past extra time and penalties in their last two matches to even reach the semi-finals.

And now they will face an even greater challenge when they meet in form England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night (22:00 UAE time) for a place in the World Cup final.

Despite the exhaustion levels of his team coach Zlatko Dalic rates Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric as the best midfielders in the world and firmly believes that the duo can still lead the Vatreni to their first ever World Cup final. Watch what he said below.

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