Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic listens to a question during a news a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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Croatia's fairytale run to the World Cup final is a footballing "miracle" built on a foundation of teamwork and unity which has seen them outlast sides reliant on brilliant individual talent, coach Zlatko Dalic said Thursday.The mental resilience necessary to come through such tests was the result of the emphasis on playing as a team, Dalic said, and indicated a wider trend at a World Cup where the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all went home early.Dalic said he had allowed his players to celebrate the victory Wednesday night and was consequently unaware of the extent of any injuries in his squad.
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