Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Russian retailers, hotels emerge as World Cup winners

Russian retailers, hotels emerge as World Cup winners

Croatia, meanwhile, have had a grueling path to the final, with all of their past three matches - against Denmark, Russia and England - going to extra time.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium, who were beaten 0-1 by France in the last-four stage, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal proved to be decisive.

"They see a team that leaves everything on the pitch, which they have, and played with style".

"Maybe England or the English media did not show enough respect to the Croatian national team, which we deserved, especially when you look at the clubs our players play for".

Both Croatia and Germany had won their first game of the UEFA EURO 2008 and were aware that another victory would put them through to the final eight. I think all of us deserve this.

"If you want to play for England you have to cope with that".

"I haven't seen any trouble at all between any of the fans".

"It's only a one-goal deficit and we've come back from a couple one-goal deficits in the tournament already so I think we should be able to bounce back", said Steven Matkovic after England scoared the first goal of the match. We will have some extra motivation because of that, for sure.

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He said: "It's nice to be appreciated but it's about the team".

Southgate has yet to decide on who will line up against Belgium - but the physical rigours of this World Cup campaign mean England's line-up will have changes from the side that lost to Croatia in Moscow.

"We will have to play our best match against France, our desire is big and so is theirs". We want to be challenging for semi-finals and finals.

For Belgium and their "Golden Generation", numerous key players should return for the 2022 World Cup, even if Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen will probably be gone by then.

"If I'm honest, before the tournament I didn't expect them to do so well but we always want them to progress as far as they can".

Everyone will go their separate ways after flying back to Birmingham Airport, the Football Association having decided against a parade, and the manager acknowledged it represented the last stand for this most unified of squads.

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.

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