12 July 2018
Thousands of Croatian fans celebrated in Zagreb after Croatia beat England 2-1 in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal sent them into their first World Cup final.
The win made Croatia the 13th team to contest the final. Since their dream run to the last four in 1998, Croatia have failed to get past the group stage in 2002, 2006, and 2014, with every subsequent failing team being compared unfavourably with the heroes of France. Now the win creates a possible revenge mission against France which knocked them out in the semi-finals in 1998.