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Croatia: 'Sad for football' - Dalic on fanless stalemate vs. England02:16

Croatia: 'Sad for football' - Dalic on fanless stalemate vs. England

Croatia, Rijeka
October 13, 2018 at 00:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic said Friday night's goalless draw with England behind closed doors was 'sad for football'.

"Football is played for the fans. It is sad that the second and fourth best teams of the World Cup are playing behind closed doors. I don't know who this is good for," Dalic told journalists at a post-match press conference.

The World Cup semi-final rematch was played in a deserted, echoing stadium in Rijeka as part of Croatia's punishment when a swastika was visible on a pitch before a European qualifier in 2015.

The surreal atmosphere seemed to benefit England, who were on top for large periods. Despite their dominance, the visitors missed a number of chances to win their second UEFA Nations League game.

Croatia: 'Sad for football' - Dalic on fanless stalemate vs. England02:16
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Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic said Friday night's goalless draw with England behind closed doors was 'sad for football'.

"Football is played for the fans. It is sad that the second and fourth best teams of the World Cup are playing behind closed doors. I don't know who this is good for," Dalic told journalists at a post-match press conference.

The World Cup semi-final rematch was played in a deserted, echoing stadium in Rijeka as part of Croatia's punishment when a swastika was visible on a pitch before a European qualifier in 2015.

The surreal atmosphere seemed to benefit England, who were on top for large periods. Despite their dominance, the visitors missed a number of chances to win their second UEFA Nations League game.

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