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Luka Modric hits back at the media after Croatia advanced to their first FIFA World Cup final with a 2-1 semi-final win over England on Wednesday.
Luka Modric hits out at English journalist after beating England in the semi.
The Real Madrid midfielder played a key role in the second half, as Croatia came from behind to win the game. Goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzuki turned their fortunes and set up a final with France on Sunday in Moscow.
Much was made of Croatia’s gruelling run to the semi-final with their previous two games going to the penalties. But Modric said the team used to talk about them being tired as a motivation. Modric told beIN SPORTS,
“Their journalists and pundits on television were talking prior to this match about us being tired, being the walking dead. Those words from them gave us even more eagerness to prove them wrong. They should be more humble and respectful.”
The Real Madrid star also believes there’s no time to get tired when it’s a World Cup semi-final,
“When you play a semi-final, it is impossible to be tired. You know how much is at stake. We showed that. Apart from against Argentina, that was our best game.”
Croatia also made the semi-finals in 1998, when they lost to eventual winners France, and Modric says his team deserved to go one better and reach Sunday’s decider.
“It means everything. It’s a dream come true for us, and all of Croatia. No-one gave us a chance before this World Cup, but with our quality, desire, togetherness and fighting spirit we have shown throughout the tournament, we are in the final. I think we deserve to be there. From the first goal they scored at the beginning, we dominated the game completely. We were much better technically and physically than England.”
Croatia will face France in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on 15th July.