Viewing of World Cup Final at Pula Arena

Ruben Hill
July 15, 2018

Kalinic, the AC Milan forward, refused to enter Croatia's opening group-stage game against Nigeria on June 16 as a substitute and was subsequently sent home by coach Zlatko Dalic for his insubordination. Morski writes on the 13th of July, 2018, that the stunning Pula Arena will be open to football fans on Sunday to watch the final battle between Croatia and France.

Croatia have never entered a World Cup Final before.

"The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday".

Amid criticism from some fans on Twitter, Birmingham Airport insisted the decision was made by the Football Association because of security restrictions.

That didn't stop a cadre of rabid fans from coming to show their love for a side that had defied expectations by reaching its first World Cup semifinal in 28 years.

Croatia would begin to take control of the game in the second half and eventually ran out deserved 2-1 winners after extra time, and Allardyce reckons that squandering the opportunity to extend the lead to 2-0 ultimately cost Gareth Southgate's men the game.

"Our team lost to France in 1998 and finished third".

Croatia have certainly done better than their Bosnian or Serb brothers in worldwide football since the breakup of Yugoslavia, that never reached a World Cup final.

Gareth Southgate's squad, who fly in to Birmingham Airport, will leave Russian Federation with a bitter taste in their mouth despite getting to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

"I expect we'll be back in the top ten when the rankings come out".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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