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Croatia’s bid for World Cup final glory is against their conquerors in 1998

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Lilian Thuram’s double dashed Croatian hopes in the semi-final encounter 20 years ago.

Croatia will be taking a step into the unknown when they tackle France in Sunday’s World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Zlatko Dalic’s side beat England 2-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final to book a place in the showpiece for the first time.

Here, Press Association Sport look back at Croatia’s defeat against  France 20 years ago, in the semi-finals, until now the furthest they had progressed in the tournament.

Performance

Key players

Davor Suker won the Golden Boot in France
Davor Suker won the Golden Boot in France (John Giles/PA)

Manager

Miroslav Blazevic managed Croatia between 1994 and 2000
Miroslav Blazevic managed Croatia between 1994 and 2000 (David Davies/PA)

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