Croatia Better Team Than England During World Cup 2018 Semi Finals, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes his side were better “in all segments of the game” as they won their World Cup semi-final against England.

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Gareth Southgate’s men opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, but it is the Vatreni that will return to take on France in Sunday’s showpiece finale.
Ivan Perisic drew Croatia level and Mario Mandzukic secured a 2-1 extra-time win to propel the country into their first World Cup final.

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Mario Mandzukic secured a 2-1 extra-time win to propel the country into their first World Cup final.

Asked why his side had won, Dalic said: “Because we were the better team in all segments of the game.
“We did not underestimate them. We respected them because we analysed them.

“We knew what they were doing and where.

“We played a high press on their backline. We closed down (John) Stones and (Jordan) Henderson. We nullified them.

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© Reuters Soccer Football – World Cup – Semi Final – Croatia v England – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia – July 11, 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate shakes hands with Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic at the end of the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

“We let the centre-halves play. (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic pressed their backline and we had the ball possession.

“During half-time, I told the players ‘calmly pass the ball, do not lose your heads’.

 

By Crimson Tazvinzwa

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