Why NZ Football are still winners at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

Why NZ Football are still winners at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

In Semi-finals, Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 against England, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the victor in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener.

France and Croatia are due to go head-to-head in Moscow on Sunday afternoon in the 2018 World Cup final.

Chris Chang leads 1 NEWS' football buffs in breaking down what's ahead in the France-Croatia final.

Following England's semi-final exit at the World Cup in Russian Federation, former England global striker Alan Shearer has today said that the Third Place match is "utter stupidity".

The match against France will be his 71st this season and his 99th for Croatia.

Gary Lineker waved goodbye to Germany when they were knocked out the World Cup and now Scots are doing the same to England. "They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".

On Thursday Croatia eliminated England 2-1 in their semi-final - dashing fans' hopes of a match with their rivals from across the English Channel.

Getting on the scoresheet here would probably see him over the line, while a hat trick would take him to nine goals, the most scored at a World Cup since 1970.

There's nothing like a hug to comfort you after your team loses a World Cup match.

He will join a long line of famous referees to have ever manned a World Cup final.

Plenkovic, who returned from Moscow where he attended the semi-final, congratulated the squad on a "fascinating success for Croatian sports and football". England has also never finished third, and a result for this young side will give them confidence going forward. "For them to still be singing when we're seeing friends and families, chanting our names and singing the manager's name, is completely different".

"Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show".