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The Old City of Dubrovnik reverberated to the sounds of England football fans last night as their team qualified to the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. England played Colombia in the first round of the knock-out stages and it was a nail biting affair as the English squeezed through on penalties.
Traditionally the most frequent tourists to Dubrovnik, in terms of nationality, are British, and this showed last night as many hundreds filled the cafes, restaurants and bars of Dubrovnik to watch the big game.
The Stradun was awash with England football shirts and waiters in the bars kept the beer flowing. England now face Sweden in the quarter finals with a possible clash with Croatia in the semi-finals.
The staff of Croatia Airlines, the national airline of Croatia, have announced that next Monday they will go on strike.
As stated in their statement, the strike was decided because during the collective contract bargaining the union’s proposal, which was submitted on the 6th of April last year, was not accepted.
“The strike begins on Monday 09.07.2018. at 6:00 am and will run until the strike demands are met or the committee decides to end the strike,” they announced.
The strike will be held in front of the main Croatia Airlines offices and at all locations where the airlines carries out activities.
The union is requesting more holiday days, an agreement on a regular flight crew list, increasing sick leave benefits from 70 to 90 percent of salaries, as well as full-time employment for seasonal staff who have been employed for longer than a year, amongst other points.
Passengers flying from Dubrovnik airport to London Stanstead Airport this morning had an unpleasant surprise.
The Easyjet flight scheduled to depart at 10.15 from Dubrovnik airport was cancelled. According to information from the airport the reason that the London flights was cancelled was due to “crew illness.”
Apparently this was the reason that the Easyjet flights didn’t arrive from Stanstead this morning at 9.40. Information from the airline indicates that Easyjet will make sure that the passengers who were left behind in Dubrovnik will be transferred to another flight.
Almost a half of the nation tuned in to watch Croatia take on Denmark in the first round of knock out games. According to information from the Croatia Radio Television (HRT) the dramatic win over Denmark was followed by 2,000,152 viewers. The end of the match, the penalties to decide who would face Russia in the quarter finals, was watched by 86 percent of the total people watching TV. This is a record breaking number for HRT 2.
When you bear in mind that the Croatian population is around 4.1 million it means that almost half of the entire population were glued to the 2018 World Cup. The game against Denmark was Croatia’s most watched game of the World Cup so far and will go into the record books in the top ten of most watched sporting events ever.
It looked like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday with this eye-catching hybrid car-motorbike.
With its retro sci-fi design this vehicle had travelled from Dubai to arrive in Dubrovnik and was spotted parked just outside of the Old City.
On the A 1 highway, that leads from Zagreb in the north to near Dubrovnik in the south, a British driver was caught by police doing breakneck speeds.
Police officers of the Metkovic Police Station stopped the 26-year-old British driver who was clocked doing an incredible 238 km/h through a motorway tunnel. The speed limit where the British Mercedes was stopped is 100 km/h meaning he was flying along at more than twice the speed limit.
The driver, who was travelling towards Dubrovnik, was fined 3,000 Kuna and is prohibited from using his foreign driving license in the Republic of Croatia for a fixed period of time.
Croatia awoke with a sore head and a smile this morning. It was a long, long night of celebrations as Croatia beat Denmark on penalties and move into the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup where they will face the hosts Russia.
Dubrovnik hardly slept as the celebrations went on well into the early morning hours. Fireworks, car horns, singing and one or two glasses of beer marked a long night in the city.
Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat from last night
What a night in the World Cup. Croatia are into the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Croatia are in the last eight teams in the world and will face the hosts Russia in the quarter finals.
After Denmark took the lead in only the second minute of the match through Mathias Jorgensen Croatia immediately replied through Mario Mandzukic in the fourth minute. After a tough 90 minutes in which both sides had chances to take the lead the game went into extra time.
Dubrovnik explodes - Photo - Tonci Plazibat
And then the drama. In the last few minutes of the second half of extra time Croatia were awarded a penalty after striker Ante Rebic rounded Schmeichel and was brought down. However, the Croatian captain, Luka Modric, saw his penalty saved and the game headed into penalties.
The drama continued in the penalty shoot-out. The Croatian goalkeeper Subasic saved three penalties from five and when Ivan Rakitic slotted in the last penalty the country exploded and celebrated a 3 – 2 win and progress into the last eight national teams in the world.
Fireworks, song and joy fill the Dubrovnik night sky as Croatia’s World Cup adventure continues with a quarter final game against the hosts.
WELL DONE CROATIA