Croatia coach (Zlatko Dalic) described a (0-0) Nations League draw with England in a World cup semi-final rematch as “SAD” day for football as fans were banned from the clash in Rijeka.
Which he said that “The atmosphere is not easy for anybody, it is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time,’ football is played for the fans, it’s sad the second and the fourth team from the World Cup are playing behind closed doors, I don’t know who it is good for.”
In front of the empty stands, Marcus Rashford missed two glorious chances to exact England a small measure of revenge for missing out on the World Cup final to Croatia 93 days ago in Moscow, Eric and Harry kane also hit the woodwork for the visitors, who enjoyed the better of a subdued game befitting of the bizarre atmosphere.
The England coach said “it feels that the game we should have won’ we dedicate the flow of the game for a long period’ the second half performance was excellent, we were pushing and pushing right to the end and on another day we shall finish those chances.”
A small band of England supporters perched on a hill overlooking the deserted 8,000 capacity stadium in Rijeka tried to offer their encouragement