Croatias Side Can Surpass Its Stars Of 98 Says Lovren


SOCHI, Russia – Croatia’s successful run in the 1998 World Cup in France, when they finished third, has been something of a burden for the generations that followed, but the current group in Russia could even surpass them, defender Dejan Lovren said on Thursday.

In its maiden appearance representing an independent nation, Croatia went out to the hosts in the 1998 semi-finals, then beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff.

The current squad is one win away from matching that feat, and they meet hosts Russia in Saturday’s quarter-final at the Fisht Stadium by the Black Sea.

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