Ivan Perisic was the great hero of the Croats in the semi-final against England. First scored the ex-player of Club Bruges and Roeselare at the end, in the extensions he gave the assist for the winning goal of Mario Mandzukic. “I could not have been happier to just against France to play in the finals”, said Perisic at the press conference. He played even two years in France at Sochaux.
“This was a difficult race,” began Perisic, his story. “We all knew what the game was and how important such a competition is for a small country like Croatia. We started slow, but we showed our character and trust in each other, just as in the previous matches against Denmark and Russia, which we also left behind came. My goal was important because it is a key moment came, when we the second half dominated. The second goal should credit go to Mario Mandzukic, who is in the right place was when I got the ball passed. The most important thing is that we scored. We have done this and we are now for the first time in the world cup final. We want to thank everyone who in Moscow was, but also everyone who is at home for us gesupporterd.”
“Twenty years ago I was sitting at home watching with a Croatian shirt,” said Perisic. The Croats were then in the semi-finals of the world cup turned off by the French. “I could then only dream for my country to play and one of the most important goals to score. I came in 2007 to France and have two years played, French is taught and there are great memories to show for it. I am so happy that we just meet them in the finals. I spoke a few days ago with my mother and she said that she dreamed of this final match between Croatia and France. Her dream comes true, we’ll see who wins.”
Perisic got until finally, the question of whether there is a French player, is that the Croats fear. “They played in the group stage is good enough to advance, and afterwards always the stronger play. Everyone expected that Belgium would advance after Brazil turned off, but France has a strong defensive block and they can also in such a defensive way to play. They have a great coach and players who are at the absolute top clubs play”, explained the matchwinnaar.
Harry Kane: “We came up just too short”
The English captain Harry Kane said after the renewals lost semi-final of the English on the soccer world cup against Croatia (2-1) that his team “just a little bit too short”. “This is very heavy”, opened Kane. “We are broken. We have worked so hard, but it is not successful. It was a very tough match, constantly 50-50. Some things could certainly be better today, but not the work ethic. Who was there for the full one hundred percent. We are with our young team much more hit than anyone thought we could. Now, we wanted to continue to the final and it hurts that that is not successful. This is where we need lessons from them. But we also need to try us proud to feel. It was a fantastic adventure. “
The Tottenhamaanvaller found that his team sometimes too deep an ounce after the openingsdoelpunt of Kieran Trippier. “It goes in such big matches against a strong Croatia to small details,” confirmed Kane. “In this game we have the chances to win. It might have been. But we have at this world cup showed we knock outwedstrijden can win. The next step is all the way to the end to go in the coming tournaments.”
Zlatko Dalic (coach, Croatia): “Let Croatia now, just celebrate”
Coach Zlatko Dalic said after the profit on England (2-1) in the semi-finals of the soccer world cup of righteousness. “We have deserved to win. I can only say that the players the great have done. They have written history. Croatia is for the first time in the final. Leave our country now, but just celebrating. Then on to the finals.”
Mario Mandzukic: “Think not that we are aware of what’s happening to us”
Mario Mandzukic, the Juventusaanvaller that the decisive goal in the extensions, scored, was delirious with joy. “This is incredible”, he exclaimed. “I don’t think we are aware of what we are here to happen to you. It is truly a miracle. We have a job that only the greatest players our have occurred. We have played with our heart and therefore also the support of the public on our hand.”