Croatia will be ready for France in World Cup final, says coach Dalic

first_img0Shares0000Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic with skipper Luka Modric during their extra-time win over England © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 12 – Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Moscow, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the winner in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s free-kick opener. Dalic’s side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday’s game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russia in the past two weeks.France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.“This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn’t show. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. This shows character and is what makes me proud. Nobody gave up,” said Dalic, whose team have played the equivalent of one match more than the French.“We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it. Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses,” he added.“We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament.”Domagoj Vida and Mario Mandzukic let the young ones join in the post-match celebrations on the Luzhniki pitch © AFP / YURI CORTEZNo team has ever made it to the World Cup final after going to extra-time in all three prior knockout rounds — England twice won in extra-time in 1990 before losing on penalties to West Germany in the semi-finals.Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russia via a play-off win against Greece.– ‘Better in all aspects’ –He described France as a “top-drawer team with fantastic players”, but his own side have earned their place in the final, their victory over England coming after they earlier destroyed Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 3-0 win in the group stage.Luka Modric has been inspirational throughout their run, yet there were numerous outstanding performances at the Luzhniki Stadium as Croatia recovered from a shaky opening half hour.Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.“We were the better team in all aspects of the game,” said Dalic.“We played better than we did against Argentina. I told the players before the game there was no pressure — we have reached the semi-finals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did.”Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 — Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement.“For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written,” said the 51-year-old Dalic.“We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don’t have a proper stadium to play that game. But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us.”He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MAN WHO BIT GARDA DURING ARREST ORDERED TO PAY €3,000 TO GARDA FUND

first_imgA man who bit and assaulted a Gardai as he was being arrested for tampering with his former partner’s car has received a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay €3,000 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.Garda responded to a call after hearing that Ricardo Evangelista had put sugar into his ex-partner’s car.When Gardai arrived at 103 Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, they could not find the accused. However Gardai John James O’Sullivan discovered the then 26 year hiding in a field behind the victim’s home.He tried to arrest him but Evangelista violently resisted forcing the Garda to use his OPD spray to retrain the accused.He eventually got handcuffs on the prisoner but he managed to get one hand out and again resisted violently bring both men to the ground and leaving Garda O’Sullivan down a hole in the ground.Back-up eventually arrived and Evangelista was eventually brought under control.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the accused was Brazilian and was living in Ireland for five years but was the subject of a deportation order.He had a three year old daughter with his former partner whom he saw regularly.Defence barrister Fiona Crawford said her client was a hard working man who didn’t drink or smoke but had an impulsive manner.On this occasion on July 10th, 2010, he was looking to recover money and clothing and other personal items from his former partner’s home.She said he made about €320 a week from labouring on various farms but was an excellent worker and even probation officer Tim Coughlan said he showed excellent example to other men carrying out probation duties.He was always on time, always volunteered to do the difficult jobs and even fixed machinery when it broke down.She pleaded with Judge Keenan Johnston to give him the benefit of his plea and the fact that he had shown remorse.Judge Johnston said he wanted to send out the message that attacks on Gardai who are there to protect society will not be tolerated.He also paid particular tribute to Garda O’Sulllivan who had been attacked in the course of carrying out his duty.He jailed Evangelista for two years but suspended it for five years, ordered him to do 240 hours community service and also ordered him t pay €3,000 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.MAN WHO BIT GARDA DURING ARREST ORDERED TO PAY €3,000 TO GARDA FUND was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeycarGarda John James O’SullivanJudge Keenan JohnstonRicardo Evangelistalast_img read more

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