Football

Croatia coach tells fans: Be like my players

Croatian coach Ante Cacic had a message for his country's fans after the team's 2-1 Euro 2016 Group D win over Spain yesterday morning (Singapore time) - follow the example of his players.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic last Saturday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($151,000).

However, despite threats of a repeat in Bordeaux, the Croatian fans were on their best behaviour to celebrate a glorious night.

Said Cacic: "We had great support from Croats all over the world. We have to fight to make all Croatian people happy.

"These players are showing how you have to represent and play for your country and how you have to behave."

- Wire Services.

Split loyalties? I'll have to explain to my (Spanish) wife what's happened.

— Ivan Rakitic on helping Croatia beat Spain

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