Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic led other top government officials in a celebration of their national team’s success at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup early on Thursday.
Croatia had rallied back from a goal down to beat a young English team in the semi-finals to reach their first World Cup final on Wednesday night.
Zlatko Dalic’s men had gone down to an early Kieran Tripper freekick but fought back gamely to stretch the game to extra time after Ivan Perisic struck in the 68th minute to level the scores.
The Luka Modric- led side would finally kill off the game after Mario Mandzukic fired home from close range in the 109th minute of extra time to launch his country into World Cup folklore as the 13th team in the competition’s history to reach the finals.
The win which sent the Croatians present at the imposing Luzhniki Stadium, as well as millions of others back home into an orgy of wild celebrations, was also fully appreciated in the country’s corridors of power as the Prime Minister, led by other top government functionaries paid tribute to the team all clad in the national team’s football jerseys.
As a matter of fact, a high-level meeting attended by top government officials, ministers, politicians and aides held Thursday morning in the city of Zagreb with every one spotting the Croatian colours.
Speaking of the team’s success, Prime Minister, Plenkovic said, “This success speaks of the strength of a country that is not big, but has a huge heart, courage, enthusiasm, and these young men who have gone a step further than the brilliant generation of 1998”.
“In 20 years, we have really become a football force,” he added.
Croatia still holds a one hundred per cent record after having not lost, or drawn a single game in their last six matches (Nigeria, Argentina, Iceland, Denmark, Russia, and England), in the ongoing tournament. And could be making history if they go on to win the World Cup with a 7th straight win against France in the final on Sunday.