Croatia's players celebrate at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.
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It was no surprise Croatia cavorted on the pitch in celebration with fans and family long after beating England in the semifinals of the World Cup Wednesday night, but a wiser head might have ushered them quietly to an ice bath and bed. It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy of taking a tiny nation to the final of the World Cup for the first time needed to be worked through with the people that provided the players with support and inspiration.The Juventus striker finally limped off utterly exhausted six minutes from time but promised unstinting effort Sunday to bring the World Cup back to the nation of some four million people.
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