PARIS, Dec 4: Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

LONDON, Nov 19: England fought back to qualify for the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League as Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane scored late goals in a pulsating 2-1 victory over Croatia, who were relegated from Group A4 after defeat at Wembley on Sunday.

MONACO, Aug 31:  Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric on Thursday received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco, beating his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the prize.

MOSCOW, July 15: Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final is just around the corner, as 1998 winners France prepare to face first-time finalists Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

KRASNOYARSK, July 15: Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia will defeat France in Sunday’s World Cup final.

KATHMANDU, July 14: Long gone the time when the powerhouses, from South America to Europe like Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay and lately Spain, dominated the football world. The narrative is changing.

MOSCOW, July 12: Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures.

July 11: This is a FIFA World Cup semi-final decades in the making. Both sides have waited patiently for their turn, each experiencing heartbreak in prior editions since they last appeared in the final four. Croatia have 'only' had to wait 20 years (semi-finalists at France 1998), while England last reached the semi-final stage 28 years ago at Italy 1990.

SOCHI, July 8: Russia’s World Cup dream ended within agonising sight of the semi-finals as they went down 4-3 on penalties to Croatia on Saturday after another gallant performance in front of their fanatical fans which again belied their lowly ranking.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, July 2: Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Sunday after the round of 16 clash finished deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

MATCH PREVIEW: CROATIA VS DENMARK

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MATCH PREVIEW

ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 27: Croatia emerged from their third match at Russia 2018 with their 100% record intact, as two second half goals canceled out an Icelandic penalty sends them into the knockout stages as Group D winners.

Iceland and Croatia face off in Rostov-on-Don as Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia reaches an exciting conclusion.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, June 22: Croatia marched into the World Cup knockout stage by handing Argentina a 3-0 drubbing with goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday to leave the hopes of the twice world champions hanging by a thread.

La Albiceleste are in an entirely different situation. The unexpected draw with tournament debutants Iceland has left Jorge Sampaoli's side with much to do ahead of what looks to be their toughest assignment in the section. A win is vital if they are to avoid a nerve-wracking final match. Yet if there is one thing that Argentina proved on their tortuous journey to Russia it is that they can respond when under pressure.

Oghenekaro Etebo's own goal and a Luka Modric penalty gave Croatia a winning World Cup start against Nigeria in a poor Group D match in Kaliningrad.

Croatia and Nigeria face off in their Russia 2018 debut in Group D The two countries have never crossed paths before

SAO PAULO, June 3: Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa will miss Brazil’s World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia in England this weekend due to injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday.

ZAGREB, Nov 28: Argentina lifted their first Davis Cup title after Juan Martin Del Potro and Federico Delbonis won Sunday's reverse singles to complete the South American nation's spectacular comeback in a 3-2 victory over hosts Croatia in the final.

LENS, France, June 26: Portugal seized their chance to stay in the chase for an elusive first title together on Saturday.

BORDEAUX, France, June 22: Spain's 12-year unbeaten run at the European Championship ended when Croatia rallied for a stunning 2-1 win on Tuesday, sending the two-time champions into an intense, high-profile knockout match against Italy in the round of 16.

PARIS, June 18: UEFA formally opened a disciplinary case against the Croatian soccer federation on Saturday for racism and fan disorder at a European Championship match.

SAINT-ETIENNE, France, June 18: The Czech Republic salvaged a 2-2 draw with Croatia at the European Championship on Friday in a game temporarily suspended when flares were thrown onto the pitch and Croatia fans fought among themselves.