Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said the disputed decision to award Argentina a penalty changed the complexion of Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final after his side lost 3-0
Croatia trainer Zlatko Dalic said the disputed decision to award Argentina a penalty changed the complexion of Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final after his side lost 3- 0. Lionel Messi blasted home the opening thing from the spot after Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic collided with Julian Alvarez, who also struck doubly for Argentina at Lusail Stadium.” Everything was in our hands. We played well for half an hour and had possession. We weren’t a trouble but did have control,” said Dalic, who claimed his side should have been awarded a corner just before the penalty.
“We conceded a thing, which was veritably suspicious. The situation leading to the penalty. it was a little too cheap, a bit too easy to be honest.”
“Our goalkeeper did what he did and these are the new rules,” he added.” This thing took the match in a different direction.”
Dalic also bemoaned his platoon’s lack of a genuine goal scorer.
Croatia created many openings of note and had only two attempts on target in the entire game.
“I compliment Argentina on the palm,” said Dalic.” We’ve to pull ourselves together, raise our heads. I can not condemn the boys for anything– we’re going into the fight for third place.
“We do not have important to complain about.”
Dalic said his platoon created” good situations” but failed to produce clear- cut chances.
“We’ve prepared everything but we missed a real, genuine bushwhacker,” he said.
“We lost the match. I’ve nothing to complain about regarding the boys. They gave their stylish during this whole event. It’s a justified defeat.”
A number of Croatia players have likely played their final FIFA World Cup matches including 37- time-old Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Dejan Lovren– all of whom started the 2018 final against France, which they lost 4- 2.
“Maybe this is the end of the World Cup generation for a couple of them who have reached a certain age. We will have to see for the 2026 World Cup,” said Dalic.
“I believe this generation will sluggishly finish off their career at Euro 2024.
“It’s an excellent generation who two times in a row reached thesemi-finals. It would have been excellent if they’d won the jewel as a crowning moment.”
Dalic, 56, said he’d remain in charge until the coming European Championship in Germany.
“I’ll continue. My contract is until 2024 and in six months we’ve the Nations League( tests). My plan and ideal is to take Croatia to Euro 2024.” Know More News…