England set World Cup set-piece record

World Cup semi-finals

GETTYWorld Cup semi-finals England take on Croatia for a place in the World Cup final

The Croatian national anthem was the first to be played before the match at the nearly full-house 80,000-seat Luzhniki Area kicked off.

Croatia was 6/4. Odds Shark had France as -210 to win the final and Croatia +185.

Last night in Russia, France punched their ticket to the World Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Belgium. The "golden generation" at the dawn of the 20th century consisted of players like Patrice Viera, Theirry Henry, Robert Pires, Emmanuel Petit and of course Zinedine Zidane.

In Leeds, the crowd leapt up as if a goal had been scored when the half-time whistle blew.

There is no better opportunity or reason for wildly celebrating a goal than scoring in the 109th minute of a World Cup semi-final.

France won the match, defeating Italy 2-1 in the final.

The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.

However, their fortunes have not changed much after that.

Sunday's World Cup final begins at 10 a.m. CT.

"What the lads played tonight is fantasy, they've made history".

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final. They have looked better in each game.

Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals.

They certainly hope to keep the party going on Sunday in the final in Moscow.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run. The destiny to win the World Cup.

The 1998 winners and 2018 France have another similarity. Didier Deschamps was the captain of the 1998 squad and now he is the head coach of France.

An initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in London's Hyde Park on Wednesday (July 11) watched England lose an early lead in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia and come up short once again.

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