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Croatian president 'can't wait' for World Cup final

AFP  |  Zagreb 

Croatian said today she could not wait for final against France, as officials worked overtime to meet the huge demands from fans needing passports.

Zlatko Dalic's side reached Sunday's final after beating England 2-1 in extra-time in on Wednesday, sparking wild scenes of excitement both in the and in

"I feel extremely excited, I don't know how I will wait until Sunday," said Grabar-Kitarovic, who is going to attend the game.

"Regardless of Sunday's result, which I believe will be a victory, we are winners." She said the current set of players had surpassed the achievements of the team that finished third at in

Police in said they would be working extra hours to process passports from fans wanting to attend the match.

The Federation has asked for extra tickets but at the moment they are only available on the black market.

Grabar-Kitarovic said she would probably give a jersey to her French counterpart after sending one to Russian and giving one to British earlier in the tournament.

"I go for the final not only as a or .. but as a passionate fan of Croatian .. as someone who played in childhood," she said.

"I hope for fair play and a good atmosphere," she added, but did not want to predict the result.

"I'm not good at that. The result is not important, only that it is a victory."

Regardless of the outcome, the team will be welcomed on Monday at 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) in Zagreb's main

Tens of thousands of people are expected to greet the team on their way from the airport to the city centre.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 22:10 IST