A wave of euphoria hit Croatia after the nationwide staff defeated England 2-1 within the World Cup semi-final and, befitting the historic achievement, it was a wave of epic proportions.

The nationwide broadcaster, HRT, began its post-match programme with presenters and studio friends leaping round and chanting, whereas Robert Prosinecki, a member of Croatia’s bronze-winning facet in 1998, mentioned: “We murdered the English within the second half!”. Joska Jelicic, Croatia’s self-styled reply to Gary Lineker, added: “They [England] don’t have anything to cry about – they had been knocked out by the long run world champions. We performed a mature sport, the English had been unbelievably inferior”.

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The Vecernji record newspaper went with the headline “We knocked the English down, Croatia are within the World Cup last!”, with Zeljko Jankovic writing how Croatia and France will now determine “who performs the most effective soccer on the planet in the mean time”. It turned out to be rhetorical as he answered it himself by including: “It’s Croatia, don’t even doubt that!”

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Vecernji’s web site devoted an uncommon quantity of house to gloating over the destiny of the dropping staff, with headlines corresponding to “Soccer’s not coming dwelling”, “The conceitedness hit them again”, “The English are sore losers” and even revealed a photograph gallery titled “Look how the English cry after dropping to Croatia” with footage of downbeat gamers and followers.

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Croatia fans in Zagreb

Croatia followers in Zagreb gave their facet’s development to the World Cup last a fiery reception. {Photograph}: Nikola Solic/AP

The 24 sata day by day revealed a video from the staff’s resort, the place gamers may be seen standing on a dinner desk and singing together with veteran entertainer Mladen Grdovic. “Pinch your self and don’t fear, you aren’t dreaming, that is actuality,” wrote Marko Snidaric. “Shut your eyes with none concern, and whenever you open them you’ll see Croatia celebrating. You’ll see Croatia crying. Out of happiness.”

Jutarnji record gave central house to quotes from gamers. “Croatia is burning, however we haven’t burned down but”, Danijel Subasic mentioned. Sportske novosti, the nation’s solely day by day sports activities newspaper, was stuffed with reward for the supervisor, Zlatko Dalic, claiming he has outdone each different Croatia coach by main the staff to the ultimate. “France, who’re higher than England, can hardly cease them”, wrote Drazen Antolic. “That can be a real last, a prime conflict between the 2 sides who’ve proven essentially the most on the event.”

Index.hr, a preferred web site, acknowledged that England had been the higher facet within the first half, however when Ivan Perisic scored, Sasa Cobanov mentioned, “it was the start of the top for the English”.

Telesport’s Juraj Vrdoljak in contrast Croatia’s second-half comeback to an “adrenaline-driven man lifting a truck to save lots of his baby”. Croatia emerged victorious, he said, after “clinching her tooth and biting on a knife within the method of Cholo’s commandos earlier than utilizing it to tear the historical past aside on the ending line”.


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