Croatia rallied with two straight goals against England on Wednesday to reach the World Cup final. The historic win was the kind of accomplishment that would have every Croatian thrilled for Sunday’s match against France.
Striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home back in June after he refused to come on as a substitute late in the opening group stage match against Nigeria. Manager Zlatko Dalic said that Kalinic’s reluctance to enter matches and participate in training was a recurring issue, so he needed players who were fit for World Cup action.
The decision forced Kalinic to watch the surprising run to the World Cup final from home, and now, soccer fans have essentially declared Kalinic the unluckiest player from this World Cup.
Croatia is one win away from the nation’s first World Cup title. Kalinic won’t be a part of it.
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