Didier Deschamps: Paul Pogba was nearly everywhere against Belgium

Croatia have won both of their knockout matches at the tournament so far on penalties

Croatia have won both of their knockout matches at the tournament so far on penalties

"First time in the final ever for Croatia, now we're going to go all the way (to win the World Cup)".

The match peaked with 26.6 million viewers as the final whistle blew at just after 9:30PM.

His Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez was similarly unenthused about the game after his side were beaten 1-0 by France on Tuesday.

"This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn´t show".

"I wanted to substitute, but nobody wanted to be subbed".

'We were lucky but also showed character.

Earlier this year one of the Croatian team's main sponsors, Zagrebačka Pivovara (Zagreb brewery) ran a promotion asking fans what they would give up if Croatia won the World Cup. "I would play a final without a leg if necessary". "Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses". We stay as we are from the start of the tournament.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. Due to how the bracket was shaping up, it appeared as though neither team would want to win the match, as whichever team wound up winning the group would be placed into the "side of death" that was forming.

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Agence France-Presse's Yuri Cortez was positioned near one of the corner flags in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and revealed he was changing his camera lens when Mandzukic wheeled away to celebrate scoring the victor.

Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.

Three times now we've been a goal down and have come back, and that really says a lot about our team spirit. We deserved that piece of luck but afterwards things were never in doubt.

"But I think within the games that we've played, we've played exciting, attacking football".

He is the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978.

"For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written", said the 51-year-old Dalic.

"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games".

There's no doubt they would be deserved winners having beaten the likes of Belgium and Brazil en route to the trophy and Pogba has played a huge role in it all.

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