There was a maturity to Paul Pogba's game

There was a maturity to Paul Pogba's game

After joining Federation Internationale de Football Association in 1992 and then UEFA in 1993 following the break up of Yugoslavia, Croatia made an instant impact at their first World Cup finals when they reached the 1998 semi-finals.

But the third-place match can hold some surprises: The record for the fastest goal in World Cup history still belongs to Turkey's Hakan Sukur, who buried one 11 seconds into the third-place game against South Korea in 2002. Didier Deschamps' side will now face the victor of Wednesday's tie between England and Croatia in Moscow.

Umtiti expects a very good game and also played down the physical aspect of Croatia's play. "We've got to dust ourselves down and go again in a couple of years".

Paul Pogba hopes to add a star to his France shirt by winning the World Cup, two decades after their only triumph in 1998. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score.

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"We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago".

"There is still one more step to take, but we're proud of what we've done".

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

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Umtiti said: "I've known him for many years, he's always been a leader, he has that in him". They came back from a goal down against England. And that is a real feature of this generation of players.

Spirit of warriors: Dalic says his players will not be exhausted for their historic final against France.

The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez when they realised what had happened and there were plenty of smiles all round.

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece.

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"I was 18 years old in 1998, it was one of the most attractive nights of my life".

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