Croatia using 1998 defeat as motivation - Perisic

By Sports Desk July 12, 2018

Croatia will use their defeat in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals to France as motivation in Sunday's World Cup final, says Ivan Perisic.

Perisic's equaliser and Mario Mandzukic's composed finish in the second half of extra time saw Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 Wednesday's semi-final, Kieran Trippier's free-kick having put Gareth Southgate's side ahead in the fifth minute.

Zlatko Dalic's men will now contest their first World Cup final on Sunday against France, 20 years on from losing to Les Bleus in the last four in their first appearance at the competition.

Croatia will be underdogs for the final, but Perisic told FIFA.com: "France stopped us in the semi-finals in 1998. We will have some extra motivation because of that, for sure.

"They are favourites, but we will do our best to surprise them. We have three days to prepare ourselves. Our dream is so close now."

 

 

 

Related items

  • 'Fortune favours the brave' - semi-final win vindicates KC attacking strategy claims Bernard 'Fortune favours the brave' - semi-final win vindicates KC attacking strategy claims Bernard

    Kingston College (KC) coach Ludlow Bernard hailed a 2-1 defeat of St Andrew Technical (STATHS) in the semi-final of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup on Tuesday, as a vindication of the team’s fearless approach to the football.

    This time around last year it was STATHS who turned back the heavily favoured ‘Purples’, who employed much the same tactic, ensuring the North Street team remained one more season in the Manning Cup wilderness. 

    On this occasion, KC again pushed forward in waves but goals from Shaquille Campbell (49th) and Dwayne Atkinson (72nd) ensured that there would be no repeat of that result as Jevoney Johnson (75th) minute strike counted as a mere consultation.

    The result meant KC, who were defeated twice in the last three semi-finals, returned to the Manning Cup final for the first time in 18 years.

    “We needed to take chances.  So our aim was to come here and attack, attack, attack, because we were confident in our defence.  We had a small lapse at the end but we were still confident of holding out,” Bernard said.

    “I’m elated, I’m glad for the boys because they have really put in a lot of work for the last five months.  We came here with a never say die attitude and I told them fortune favours the brave.”

  • Argentina 2 Mexico 0: Icardi, Dybala score first international goals Argentina 2 Mexico 0: Icardi, Dybala score first international goals

    Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala ended their waits for first international goals to help Argentina to a 2-0 win over Mexico in a friendly on Tuesday.

  • St Georges topple defending champions Jamaica College 2-1 St Georges topple defending champions Jamaica College 2-1

     A new Manning Cup champion will be crowned in 2018 as St. George’s College defeated five-time defending champions Jamaica College 2-1 on Tuesday in semi-final action at the National Stadium in Kingston.

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

There will be a new Manning Cup champion in Jamaica this year. See story here: https://t.co/qM6WbUtHhz… https://t.co/zYbM9Osoyb
Cedella Marley and Island Trinketz have partnered to raise funds for the Reggae Girlz. See story here:… https://t.co/TvzIusdHGf
#Dybala of #Juventus greets a child in a wheelchair in a heartwarming moment. #ChampionsLeague ⚽ action continues… https://t.co/CtKtgibPsE
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.