If there is no extra time, Croatia does not want to be part of it. All teams face disputes in the pursuit of a World Cup crown, but Croatia has increased the term "thriller" to levels Alfred Hitchcock would not dare fathom in the last two weeks. Already following England just five minutes in a semi-final match, Croatia never relied on an offensive attack. After breaking the Jordan Pickford lead 68 minutes into the match, the croater was in charge of an extra 30 minute session.
Having advanced to semis after eliminating Denmark and Russia in back-to-back penalty kicks, Croatia tried to do what many thought was impossible: win three-straight matches in extra football.
Thought of a dirty drive from Mario Mandzukic, they did just that. In the 1