The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title. "I told the players before the game there was no pressure - we have reached the semi-finals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did". "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.
MOSCOW-One of the most notorious dives in soccer history took place the last time France played Croatia in the World Cup.
Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.
"It's fantastic, we're so excited", said Christopher Tomas, owner of the Croatian Corner deli, of Croatia's win.
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The Les Bleus have a strong chance of winning the World Cup in Russian Federation to conclude what has been one of the better tournaments in recent history.
"But equally we want to be a team that are hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that is what we have aimed to do in the long term".
The model knows Croatia is appearing in its first ever World Cup final. We are not thinking about being favourites. "We are happy, but there is still one more step to take". We were so close to what was unimaginable at the start. And for me, big occasions, big players, and numerous players they were not there in the big occasion.
"We will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration".
It's tough to call any match at the World Cup "meaningless" - the tournament only happens once every four years, so every game holds a certain value just on how rarely they occur.
"The ability of the team and the style of play we've evolved enormously in a short period of time".