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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Croatia

All time
# Super Mario
Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic announces international retirement at 32
The second-highest goalscorer in the country’s history played his last game in the World Cup final.
# Self-Confidence
'Like it or not, I am the second best coach in the world' - Croatia boss Dalic
After leading Croatia to the final of Russia 2018, Zlatko Dalic says he is the second best coach in the world.
# Rallying Cry
Watch: Didier Deschamps' half-time team talk at the World Cup final
The France manager gave a composed and measured speech in the dressing room before his went on to win the final.
# Super 8s
'Nothing can compete with a World Cup... Wimbledon, Brexit or my mother calling to tell me she’s fallen down the stairs'
This weekend’s juxtaposition of games, brought the summer of 1990 to mind for Eoin Butler.
# Zagreb
Enormous crowd greets beaten Croatia team after epic World Cup
Far-right singer Marko Perkovic also boarded the team’s bus and sang during the gathering.
# celebrations
Celebrating World Cup fans block traffic on Dublin's O'Connell Bridge
There was a ‘celebratory’ mood as France and Croatia fans gathered.
# Target man
World Cup winner Giroud ends tournament without a shot on target after 546 minutes
Olivier Giroud’s poor World Cup in front of goal continued in France’s 4-2 win against Croatia.
France vs Croatia, World Cup final
We went minute-by-minute as France and Croatia battled it out in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for world football’s highest honour.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the World Cup Final?
Almost a million people tuned in to watch England in the semis this week.
# Emergency Landing
Hospitalised Ryanair passengers complete overnight coach trip to their destination
The Dublin-Croatia flight landed in Germany on Friday after the cabin depressurised.
Southgate: Croatia defeat will live with me forever
He took England to just their third World Cup semi-final, but the Three Lions boss is haunted by his side’s loss to Croatia.
# Journey
How refugee Modric rose to rule Russia 2018
From war-torn Zadar to the World Cup final, Luka Modric has turned making the difficult look easy into a habit of a lifetime.
# My name is Luka
Modric would trade his four Champions League medals for World Cup glory
The Real Madrid midfielder already has experience of winning trophies at the highest level for his club.
# Confident
'If we stopped Messi, Eriksen and Kane, we can stop Mbappe and Griezmann too'
Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic is confident of his side’s chances in this weekend’s World Cup final against France.
# Mersey beat
‘People should recognise that I’m one of the world’s best’ – Lovren
The Liverpool defender does not think he gets the recognition he deserves, while he has backed team-mate Luka Modric to win the Ballon d’Or.
# the snapper
'They suddenly realised I was underneath them' - The photographer who became part of Croatia's goal celebration
Yuri Cortez was still quick enough to take some pictures after he was freed from the pile-on. .
England v Croatia, World Cup semi-final
Could Gareth Southgate’s side book their place in Sunday’s final? We followed all the action from Moscow.
# even stevens
Watch: Trippier gives England dream start but Croatia find crucial equaliser
Ivan Perišić has brought Croatia back into the game.
# Controversy
Croatia sack former international over Vida's 'pro-Ukraine' video
The pair came under scrutiny after releasing what was construed as a politically motivated message across social media
# Rolling Stones
'It might never come around again': Stones embracing World Cup final chance
John Stones is not ready for his World Cup dream to be over as he targets a first England final since 1966.
# Ready to go
'I'm not concerned - we stopped Messi and Eriksen, and we'll try do the same with Kane'
Croatia are braced for Gareth Southgate’s England.
# Investigation
Croatia star Vida could be in hot water over allegations of anti-Russian comments
The defender appeared in a social media video after last night’s World Cup quarter-final win over Russia.
# Screamer
Watch: A peach from Cheryshev gives Russia the lead before poor defending lets Croatia equalise
The sides are deadlocked after two first-half goals.
Russia v Croatia, World Cup quarter-final
Russia took on Croatia for a place in the last four of the competition.
# Knockout Stages
Croatia prevail on penalties to book World Cup quarter-final spot as Danes exit
Croatia booked their place in the final eight on Sunday after beating Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.
Croatia vs Denmark, World Cup last-16
We went minute-by-minute as Croatia and Denmark battled in Nizhny Novgorod.
# Russia 2018
Argentina fined for 'homophobic and insulting chants' during defeat to Croatia
Fifa said there were a range of incidents during the Group D clash.
# His name is luka
'Modric would maybe be a Ballon d’Or winner if he was German or Spanish'
The Croatia captain as been one of the stars of this World Cup but Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.
# Flashback
Lovren believes Croatia can surpass achievements of 1998 World Cup heroes
With Davor Suker to the fore, Croatia came third at the World Cup in France 20 years ago.
# dalic cowboys
Argentina concerns grow as Dalic vows to rest players against Iceland
The Albiceleste need a favour from Croatia against Iceland, but their manager plans to rest some key players for their final group game.
# Upset
Argentina on the brink of premature World Cup exit as Croatia cruise to incredible victory
A heavy defeat leaves Argentina on just one point after two games and on the cusp of an early exit.
Argentina vs Croatia, World Cup
We went minute-by-minute as Argentina faced Croatia in a crucial Group D encounter.
# top of the table
Luka Modric on the scoresheet as Croatia ease to victory and go top of Group D
An own goal and a Luca Modric penalty handed Croatia all three points in Kaliningrad.
# Samba
Neymar and Firmino shine as Brazil sink Croatia at Anfield ahead of World Cup
Brazil defeated Croatia thanks to goals from PSG star Neymar and Roberto Firmino.
# Charged
Real Madrid star Luka Modric charged with giving false testimony in court
The 32-year-old is accused of falsely stating the terms of his contract while at Dinamo Zagreb.
# slobodan praljak
War criminal swallowed cyanide in courtroom, autopsy finds
There are inquiries under way into how Slobodan Praljak acquired the poison.
# eastern promise
World Cup 2018: Germany start against Mexico as Russia face Saudi Arabia in big kick-off
The Iberian derby between Spain and Portugal is the pick of the World Cup 2018 group stage draw, with Germany starting against Mexico.
# road to russia
Here's the full draw for next summer's Fifa World Cup in Russia
Vladimir Putin addressed the audience before Gary Lineker hosted the draw in Moscow.
# cruising
Croatia close in on ticket to Russia 2018 as they fire four and ease past Greece
The game finished 4-1 in Zagreb.
# Top Guns
Pictures: The Air Corps flew in formation across Dublin this morning
The brief display of formation flying at speed was in honour of the State visit of Croatia’s president to these shores.