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Unflagging team effort and desire won the day

The margins between victory and defeat in tournament football become slimmer and slimmer the closer you get to the final. That is when a team's mettle is tested, playing against opponents who are about as good as you or better.

At times like this, victory can and does come down to which team want it more and that team on Wednesday were Croatia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2018, with the headline 'Unflagging team effort and desire won the day'. Print Edition | Subscribe