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With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950.
"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," said Mandzukic, whose side face France in Sunday's final after their 2-1 extra-time win.
"It's tough, we're gutted," he said. "We worked so hard, the fans were amazing, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better.
There is a very un-English feel to how this England team has been playing in Russia. Yes, they have been lucky with the draw, but so were far starrier English sides of the past, only to crash out.
Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header at St Petersburg Stadium sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998 - when Deschamps captained them on home soil.
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