It was a relatively uninspiring start for the Croatians, but they took all 3 pts to start in Group D thanks to a Nigerian own goal and a Luka Modric penalty
This was one to remember as Vatreni gave the 2014 finalists more than they could handle, especially in a rampant 2nd half that produced all of the goals.
Croatia struggled to break down a brave Iceland side, but Ivan Perisic's goal won it in the 90th minute, and they finished the group stage as just 1 of 3 with a perfect record
The Round of 16 match had 2 goals scored in the opening 4 minutes and then none for 116, but there was plenty of drama as Croatia won 3-2 in a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero, saving 3 penalties.
A 2nd penalty shootout win in succession (3-4) saw Croatia into their 2nd-ever semi-final 20 years after the 1st (France 98). Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida scored the goals, but it was again Modric who pulled the strings in midfield.
Croatia won their way to a 1st World Cup Final by holding their nerves after falling behind early and going through after extra time from goals by Man of the Match Ivan Perisic and the winner from Mario Mandzukic
Can the Croatians do the unthinkable and win the World Cup on Sunday over an impressive French team? Will the country with a population of just 4 million join the elite list of winners?
CROATIA AT RUSSIA 2018