Sport Croatian players' kids delight World Cup fans with post-win scratch match

17:52  12 july  2018
17:52  12 july  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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Meanwhile Croatian post - match scenes reminded keen-eyed fans of the appearance of children in celebrations after the win over Russia. Children of the Croatian players celebrate victory at the end of the match against England.

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Children of the Croatian players celebrate victory at the end of the match against England © AP Children of the Croatian players celebrate victory at the end of the match against England

In what is starting to look like the beginning of a tradition, the children of Croatian players found their way onto Luzhniki Stadium amid the celebration of Hrvatska's 2-1 extra time win over England.

Captain Luka Modric's children were spotted after the final whistle in Croatia's quarter-final penalty shootout win over hosts Russia earlier in the week, but it was the beginning of an under-sevens side that kept the crowd going long after Croatia qualified for their first ever World Cup final on Thursday (AEST).

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Moments after winning their World Cup quarter-final match in dramatic fashion against hosts Russia, the players of the winning Croatian team celebrated in touching style by inviting their children onto the pitch. READ MORE: Croatia 2-2 (4-3 pens) Russia

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Family affair: Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates after winning the quarter-final. © AP Family affair: Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates after winning the quarter-final.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from almost halfway to score in a packed away net.

As the ball slowly petered over the line to the delight of those in red and white chequer, English fans could be heard in the background singing along with the stadium's PA system to Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger - presumably on reflection of a campaign which has exceeded all expectation.

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Youth development: Croatian players' children took to the field after their semi-final win. © Ale Cabral Youth development: Croatian players' children took to the field after their semi-final win.

Meanwhile Croatian post-match scenes reminded keen-eyed fans of the appearance of children in celebrations after the win over Russia.

On both occasions kids interacted with players with ease, in a sign of what appears to be a tight-knit squad that has achieved what their legendary '98 side could not.

Croats remember fondly how - in their first independent appearance at World Cup - the 1998 team earned third place after falling short in the semi-final against eventual winners France.

Boasting a population less than that of Sydney, Croatia has not advanced past the group stage since, and failed to qualify at all for South Africa 2010.

The pictures of smiling children looking up at their fathers on Russian pitches tell the story of real people fulfilling a lifetime's dream. The names Modric, Rakitic or Vida carry much more than just fantasy football numbers.

For many of these newly-berthed finalists, 2018 will mark their final World Cup. It is hard to see too many from this year's squad make an appearance in Qatar in four years time, with eight of Croatia's first XI aged 29 or older.

Win or lose on Monday morning Australian time, this Croatian team will return to a proud footballing nation to great jubilance and adoration.

All the more heart-warming, then, that players will be able share the experience with those they care about the most, as they have done in Russia.

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