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World cup: Croatia defeats England 2-1

England lose the semi-final, Croatia zooms to the final

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England lose the semi-fina, as their bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end in the last four as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.

Full time: England 1 – 2 Croatia.

Croatia players stream to the far end of the stadium and celebrate with their fans as Marcus Rashford falls to his knees in celebration.

England started so well but over the course of the game Croatia had twice as many shots on goal (22) and more possession too.

Trippia scores in the 5th minute. Trippier curls free-kick into top corner for stunning start

Croatia equalises in the 68th minute and Croatia scores again in the 109th minute of extra time.

It is England’s first semi-final appearance since 1990.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, slotting in from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area.

Perisic’s volley sent the match into extra time after Kieran Trippier had given England a fifth-minute lead with a sublime free-kick.

Unfancied before the competition, Gareth Southgate’s young side defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals, but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.

Harry Kane could have doubled the lead but was denied by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and Jesse Lingard placed a shot wide from a good position.

Croatia grew into the game in the second half and equalised through Perisic, and the Inter Milan winger hit the post with a low drive shortly after.

In extra time John Stones saw a header cleared off the line, while Pickford made a brilliant save from Mandzukic’s close range effort – but the Everton man could do nothing about the winner.

England will now play Belgium in Saturday’s third/fourth place play-off in St Petersburg.


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