Luka Modric says Croatia proved their detractors wrong by beating England to make it to Saturday’s World Cup final with France.
Zlatko Dalic’s side came from a goal down to win 2-1 in Moscow with Kieran Trippier opening the scoring on just five minutes through a superbly taken free-kick.
Ivan Perisic then stole in on 68 minutes to send the tie into extra-time with Mario Mandzukic winning the match for Croatia when he struck with 109 minutes on the clock.
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The majority of reports in the British press didn’t give Croatia much chance of overcoming England, having come through extra-time and penalties in both of their knockout games, and Modric said he and his teammates used that as motivation.
The Real Madrid midfielder, who gave away the free-kick that allowed Trippier to score, before going on to dominate the match, said his side should have been given more respect.
He told ITV: “We proved everything differently that people were talking. Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake.
“All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired.’ As I said, they should be more humble, and respect opponents more. That’s it.”
He added: “We showed again that we were not tired, we dominated the game physically, mentally in all aspects. We should have killed the game before extra-time, but this is an amazing achievement for us, a dream come true.
“After such a long time we are in the final, the biggest success in Croatian sporting history. We have to be proud.”