Croatia became the lowest ranked team ever to reach a World Cup Final when they defeated England 2-1 in extra-time in the second semi-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow on Wednesday.
Croatia is also the smallest nation to reach the final of a World Cup in 68 years (since Uruguay in 1950). Croatia has a population of 4,000,000 people. This has been a sensational journey for the Croats, who had last reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1998.
They had defeated 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland in the grup stages before putting up gutsy performances in the knock-out stages. Croatia had won both their knock-out matches before the semifinals via penalty shootouts. In the round of 16, the Croats had defeated Denmark 3-2 in penalties before overcoming Russia in the quarter-finals 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout.