Croatia Stuns England in Extra Time to Advance to World Cup Final

The rubber chicken went down well with the players

Gareth Southgate's team opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Croatia turned things around and will now face France in Sunday's showpiece finale.

Perisic came close again and Mandzukic had a shot saved by Pickford as Croatia pressed for the victor but it wasn't to come and the game headed into extra-time. "This Croatian team had medals all over the squad but now is not the time to knitpick".

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win. But if anything, the grueling lead-up to the clash against England solidified Croatia's mental toughness, which served the Croats well on Wednesday.

Croatia keep dreaming! Vatreni showed themselves and the world what they are capable of.

John Stones was slow to pick up Mandzukic's run onto a Perisic header, and Pickford was beaten by a left-foot shot that sealed England's fate and sent Croatia into dreamland.

Hard to believe at the time, but that would be England's only score.

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The 32-year-old has starred in Russian Federation , and has been named man of the match in three of Croatia's five wins. On the game itself, he added: 'The first half was really good, we could have had a second goal - we had the chances.


After beating Tunisia 2-1 and Panama 6-1, England drew a blank against Belgium in their final group game but have added four more in the knockout stages.

Harry Kane shot weakly at Danijel Subasic when through, then forced the rebound against a post and Raheem Sterling was a constant thorn in the Croatia defence, though again his final ball was too often astray.

GOALS: Trippier 5′, Perisic 68′, Mandzukic 109′.

Croatia started the find their range as the second half wore on and Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko's cross past a diving Jordan Pickford. As for England, their challenge faded badly after taking the lead in the semi-final and in the end, they simply could not compete against a hungrier Croatia team.

Spain, the 2010 champions, were the last first-time finalists in what is now the 21st edition of the competition.

Mario Mandzukic became Croatia's hero when he put Croatia in front with 11 minutes to go after a great through ball from Pivaric.

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England's unforgettable run at Russian Federation 2018 has come to a heartbreaking end but was underlined by Croatia's ability to smother their primary strengths. These Lions have more technical ability and less ego than any English team in memory, and that includes the side that lost a semi on penalties to West Germany in 1990.

"A team like Croatia, we know their threats going forward". I think everyone will want to play but the gaffer will make a decision but yeah we're extremely proud of what we've achieved and we know we've restored some pride in the shirt back home as well.

"The fans have just been singing "there's only one Gareth Southgate" and that, for me, sums up what he has done for England".

Only Uruguay - who lifted the inaugural title in 1930, and again in 1950 - has a smaller population among all World Cup finalists.

Since 1998, Croatia have endured disappointments at major tournaments themselves, notably losing on penalties to Turkey in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. And work apparently is not a problem for a team that made history Wednesday with its grit and effort and mental strength.

Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic was of the same mind, saying: "Those experts who thought that England would progress to the final are not experts".

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And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup. Fox Sport Asia : "This should be a very intriguing match-up given the depth of talent that these two teams have".


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