Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Croatia tops England for its 1st World Cup final

Croatia tops England for its 1st World Cup final

"I don't want them to lose, I don't want it to be a draw".

Croatia's win against Russian Federation in the quarter final on Saturday sent them crashing into the semi-final of the World Cup, but these firefighters had to rush out to an emergency moments before the crucial penalty.

Peter Cook, 33, had arrived to watch seven hours ahead of the start, leaving work on hold for the day.

Daniel Ries, in his late 20s, was in no doubt of the match's importance: "It's the biggest game of our generation", he told Reuters. "We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final".

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"It's coming home" became a famous mantra among supporters when England cruised through to the semi-finals of the World Cup, after surprising everyone with brilliant play under seemingly reformed manager Gareth Southgate.

Police have warned fans to behave, listing more than 300 incidents of "significant disorder" that occurred after Saturday's victory over Sweden.

Politicians and royalty issued their own rallying cries. There will in time be positives to take, it's very hard now to put that into context, it's a bit too soon, really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit. Prince William, president of England's Football Association, said in a statement. "What the lads played tonight was fantasy, they've made history", Dalic said.

Roads will empty during the match, the victor of which will face France in Moscow on Sunday.

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