"Maybe the dear Lord is giving us an opportunity to settle a score, " he said.
Though they needed penalty shootouts to defeat Denmark and Russian Federation, as well as extra time to knock off England, No. 20-ranked Croatia is the only country left to have won every match at this World Cup. "For a small country like Croatia, with 4.2 million people, (the final) means much more than a soccer game".
Les Blues won the European Championship at home in 1984 and in the Netherlands in 2000. For Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Vincent Kompany, their dreams of lifting the World Cup trophy are over.
The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title.
In Macedonia, most residents are supporting Croatia, despite the nationalist right´s unswerving support for Russian Federation.
"Two years ago it was tough, " said one of the returnees, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. "I'll be at the park for the party afterwards, for whatever happens".
"We are better than England". He played the game with great maturity. "No country on earth would call that anything other than improvement".
Kane is the tournament's top scorer on six goals, two ahead of Lukaku.
Slaven Bilic went on to a career as a football manager, most recently with West Ham United in the English Premier League.
In a region still scarred by the conflicts of the 1990s in which 130,000 people died, many people find it hard to throw their support behind Croatia despite a common language and culture.
Croats in Bosnia, where they make up 15 percent of the population, also supported the Croatia team, but Bosnian political analyst Zoran Kresic detected something deeper, saying the support "has unified the region and Bosnia for the first time since the bloody wars".
A swastika became visible on the field of the closed-doors match, caused by a chemical agent put in the grass at Poljud Stadium. I am making predictions about the future Croatian players.
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