At least three refugees were hurt Wednesday in a second day of skirmishes with police at Bosnia's border with EU member state Croatia, according to an AFP journalist, with several officers also reporting minor injuries.
The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.
“The greatest World Cup ever” got the final it deserved when a young, exciting France team swept aside Croatia with a pulsating 4-2 victory and performances that suggested a changing of the guard at the top of the sport.
Croatia’s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric’s tireless work in midfield but the Croatians’ ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for the opponent France on Sunday.
After scoring one of the goals of the tournament and upstaging Lionel Messi by leading his team to the top of its group, Croatia captain Luka Modric hopes to fulfil a dream that began when he watched his nation record a best ever World Cup showing.
After breezing through one of the hardest groups at the World Cup, Croatia appears to be on course to rival the exploits of its “Class of ‘98”, who was beaten in the semifinals by the eventual winner France.
Croatia’s euphoric media ran out of superlatives as they hailed the Balkan nation’s stunning World Cup win over Argentina which propelled the Croatians into the competition’s knockout stages for the first time since the 1998 tournament when they finished third.