World Cup 2018

Reaching World Cup final a 'miracle', admits Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic claims Croatia making the World Cup final is a "miracle" after they defeated England 2-1 in Wednesday's semi-final.

Reaching World Cup final a 'miracle', says Mandzukic

Match-winner Mario Mandzukic says qualifying for the World Cup final was a "miracle" after Croatia defeated England 2-1 in Wednesday's semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Kieran Trippier and Ivan Perisic scored in regular time, before the Juventus forward lost his marker in the 109th minute to net the winner and his second goal of the tournament.

Fans of Croatia cheer during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia semi final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

The win puts Croatia into the decider against France on Sunday and Mandzukic, 32, said his country showed great courage in the come-from-behind win.

"This is a miracle. Only great teams can be as brave as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England. We've played our hearts out throughout the tournament," he said.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic rejoices after the game

"I'm happy with my performance in all the games. I'm here for the team. I like these games. We were under pressure against Denmark and Russia but you all saw what we did today.

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final. We enjoyed the game."