Croatia and England go to extra time

Croatia and England go to extra time

The Three Lions fell 2-1 to Croatia in extra-time, as Mario Mandzukic scored a late victor to break English hearts.

They could not have got off to a better start, with Kieran Trippier curling a brilliant free kick into the top corner after just five minutes.

Shortly after that, Ivan Perisic nipped in ahead of Walker to guide home Croatia's equaliser off the studs of his left boot.

Croatia's defence is considered their weak link with neither Lovren nor centre-back partner Domagoj Vida boasting great pace. We probably needed that second goal.

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Having qualified for the quarter-finals at Denmark's expense, Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw . Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said, who plays in England for Liverpool, said his side's status as underdogs doesn't bother him.

Mandzukic alertly reacted to the unexpected ball in the penalty area, splitting defenders John Stones and Harry Maguire, who had taken four short steps up.

The break refreshed the Croatians and they started the second half with greater energy and goal and, at that stage, Southgate missed the chance to make the change that would enable England to regain control of midfield.

It is not known which team Netanyahu was supporting, but during the match he was photographed speaking with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. Having ended their famous penalty curse by beating Colombia in a shootout in the last 16, they might have fancied repeating here. They were down against Russian Federation in the quarterfinals and advanced.

England's Golden Generation didn't come to fruition as the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney failed to take the Three Lions past the quarter-finals. Both sides had their chances to win the tie late on, but it went into extra-time. Suddenly, England looked like the exhausted ones. The Croatians rallied from behind to win 2-1 in extra time thanks to a goal from Mario Mandzukic.

Croatia's midfielders are so good that any of them can be the danger man on a given night. Rakitic is among the finest in the game, although he has played more of a withdrawn role in this tournament while Modric has attacked.

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Perisic nearly put Croatia ahead a few minutes later but his left foot shot from inside the box crashed against the post and agonisingly bounced out.

Mario Mandzukic scored in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium giving the Balkan nation its first ever place in the finals in history, surprising even some fans with the result.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute.

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And it nearly happened early in the extra session when John Stones rose to meet a corner kick, only for Vrsaljko to clear the goal-bound header off the line. If Croatia is going to beat France in Sunday's World Cup final, the Croatians will have to tighten up on their set-piece defending-and the plays that conceded the dead-ball situations.

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