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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIn what has been an incredible tournament for Croatia thus far, they ensured that they would make one last trip to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, as they were the deserved winners against England. While a lot was expected of the 'Golden Generation' of Croatia, no one quite expected them to reach the finals, while playing some of the most exceptional football we've seen in this tournament. While, the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandzukic have been the driving forces for Croatia, a relatively lesser-known Ivan Perisic's performances have gone under the radar. However, Perisic's performance against England proved that the Croats aren't called the “Golden Generation” for no reason, as he played a decisive role in his team reaching the final. © Reuters Ivan Perisic is a rare combination of seemingly mutually exclusive physical qualities. His physical appearance would give the impression of a lanky footballer, but he possesses tremendous pace, strength and a vicious left foot. At his best, Perisic combines all these traits almost perfectly and plays exhibition-like football. Luckily for us, Perisic was in full form as he saved his best display of the tournament for one of Croatia's biggest matches in their history. After a meek first half, Perisic began bombarding down the right-hand side as he became the attacking outlet of his side. All long balls, either from Lovren in defence or Modric in midfield were directed to him. Moreover, he was a constant menace to all English defenders, as he kept switching flanks and made runs inside towards the centre, thus making him impossible to mark. © Reuters However, his breakthrough moment came in the 68th minute. Just as England were looking too stubborn to break, Sime Vrsaljko floated a cross in from the right, which wasn't particularly aimed at Perisic. However, he escaped his marker in the box and got in ahead of Kyle Walker, to guide the ball into the goal with his heal. While there were doubts about the legitimacy of the goal, as Perisic had raised his foot too high in the air, it was certain that his goal was the result of an exceptional piece of skill, that not many could pull off. Perisic did not stop there, as just 4 minutes later, he was on the end of a loose ball that fell to him, as a result of a mistake made by the English defenders. He once again outwitted Walker as he performed a stepover on him, and shot at the goal only to be denied by the post. Perisic frowned as he knew what the margins were. However, despite the miss, he had managed to take the game into extra time. © Reuters And that is when he made his most crucial contribution. With the match deep into extra time, Walker cleared Ivan Strinic's cross which went high into the air. However, his kryptonite of the day, Perisic headed the ball into the path of Mandzukic, who netted the ball home. His first assist of the tournament was the most crucial one in their history. After such a thunderous performance, he becomes so much more important to Croatia in the final. France possess ample quality on the wings themselves, and Perisic will be key in nullifying that threat. However, whatever the outcome on Sunday, Perisic has given us a performance that he will be remembered for.