Watch how Croatia players celebrated on board their flight back home

first_imgCroatia achieved their best ever finish in a World Cup and they were thrown a grand party on their arrival in Zagreb on Monday.But, that was not all. The players had a party of their own and enjoyed on their way back home as well. Vedran Corluka uploaded a short video on Instagram, where he, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic can be seen singing a song and enjoying a few drinks inside the aircraft.The trio didn’t start each and every game for the Croates but they played an important role in Croatia’s run to the final. Kovacic and Brozovic especially were vital cogs in Croatia’s midfield that was ably carried by Luka Modric, who also won the Golden Ball award in this year’s tournament.Speaking about their campaign in Russia, Modric said: “Our dream came true.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFans gathered in the streets to welcome their heroes, who bettered Croatia’s ‘golden generation’, who lost to France in the semi-final in 1998 in France. Till date, that was the best Croatian team according to the people of Croatia but Luka Modric’s men have done one better and as they returned home, they were treated like superstars in the streets of Zagreb.A heroes’ welcome. #BeProud #WorldCup | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018A nation united. A day to remember. #BeProud #WorldCup #Vatreni | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 17, 2018Amazing. #BeProud #WorldCup #Vatreni | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018Croatian hearts were broken on Sunday when Croatia went down fighting 4-2 to France in the summit clash in Moscow but a day later, their spirits were not dampened and people turned out in huge numbers to congratulate and celebrate Zlatko Dalic’s history makers.Speaking about the supporters, an elated Rakitic said: “There are no words to describe this. We are proud to defend Croatia colours.”stizemo..!!! Ekipa Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) July 16, 2018Also read – Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalWhile one would say, that Croatia had were outplayed by world champions France at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the fight and determination they showed throughout the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular.It has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.In the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.Modric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece. Croatia reached their first ever World Cup final in this year’s tournament in Russia (@HNS_CFF Photo)It was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.And after the brilliant show in Russia, expectations will be high and fans would hope that this team can do wonders and finally win a major tournament in the coming years and make their nation prouder.last_img

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