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News Article  | World Cup 2018

England's World Cup Final Hopes Ended, Croatia To Face France

2018 World Cup Report: Croatia v England 11 July 2018

By SL International - Jul 11, 2018 10:44 PM

2018 FIFA World Cup, semi-finals

Result: Croatia 2-1 England

Date: 11 July 2018

Venue: Luzhniki Stadium

Croatia advanced to their first-ever World Cup final after they defeated England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday evening.

Gareth Southgate named un-changed Three Lions side from the one that defeated Sweden in the quarter-finals, while Sime Vrsaljko passed a late fitness test for Croatia after picking up a knock in their last-eight win over host nation Russia.

England got off to the perfect start this week when Trippier curled home a superb free-kick from the edge of the box to hand his side the lead after just five minutes.

The Croatians struggled to get their attacking game going, with the trio of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Perisic failing to make an impact early on.

The lead should have been doubled on 30 minutes when Harry Kane was played through on goal, but the tournament's top scorer was denied by Danijel Subasic.

Southgate's men enjoyed most of the possession for the remainder of the half, although they were unable to carve another clear opening, despite the threat of Raheem Sterling.

Croatia started to find their rhythm going forward after the hour mark, with England starting to show cracks while defending.

The pressure eventually paid off for the Croatians in the 68th minute as Ivan Perisic nipped in ahead of Kyle Walker to flick home from just six yards out, leaving Jordan Pickford no chance.

Perisic almost sent Croatia ahead three minutes later as he slalomed his way into the box but his left-footed strike crashed against the upright, while Rebic scuffed the rebound straight to a grateful Pickford.

The match was swinging from end to end in the final 10 minutes as both sides went looking to snatch the winner in regulation time.

With neither side able to find another breakthrough before full-time, the clash was forced into extra-time, for a third successive game for Croatia.

John Stones nearly gave the English the lead eight minutes into extra time with a header inside the box but his effort was cleared off the line by Sime Vrsaljiko.

Pickford then kept England in the match on the stroke of half-time in extra-time with a crucial save to deny Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic from point-blank range.

However, Pickford could do nothing to keep out Mandzukicclose-range strike 11 minutes before time, which ultimately handed Croatia the win.

The result means Croatia book their first-ever in a World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday (17h00 kick-off, while England face Belgium for bronze on Saturday (16h00).


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DonV Joined: 11 Jul 2018
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DonV Jul 12, 2018 04:17 PM
Good game
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BELGIUM AND ENGLAND IS ONE TEAM, IT'S LIKE ZIM FC AND ZIMBAMBWE NATIONAL TEAM
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Faysal Jul 12, 2018 09:28 AM
They only met 2 big teams Belgium and Croatia and both games 3goats lost now they are saying our players are young forget it
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Faysal Jul 12, 2018 09:26 AM
Big mouths are back to London 3goats are flops
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Sanchez Alexis Jul 12, 2018 09:05 AM
It's so sad that both my teams are in the final now and how do I choose between them? For me it's safer to just say; may the lucky team win the final since it's impossible for them both to win.
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Warras4phefeni Jul 12, 2018 08:10 AM
England had a chance to wrap up the game with their obsessed media and allowed Croatians to come back, your loose.
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music to my ears
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Maloh11 Jul 12, 2018 07:48 AM
KYLE WALKER EISH UDLISILE
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leendomint Jul 12, 2018 07:13 AM
This World cup is full of surprises, i wont be surprised if I see Bafana Bafana playing the final on Sunday!!
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Godfrey89 Jul 12, 2018 07:11 AM
Welldone Croatians
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leendomint Jul 12, 2018 07:10 AM
Perisic was fantastic
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QUITAHBOY93 Jul 12, 2018 06:32 AM
that's the end of the recent famous phrase (it's coming home)
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 06:31 AM
@So-Mathabo-KBY kkkkkkkkk im a married pastor wena dunu dunu I dnt buy kuku
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 06:26 AM
NYWE NYWE NYWE ITS COMING HOME MXM USELESSSS COWS E.G STERLLING
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 06:25 AM
MY CROATIA PLAYED 360 MINUTES IN THEIR LAST 3 GAMES EISHHHHH, I HOPE THEY'LL BE FRESH IN THE FINAL
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 06:20 AM
I HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR FRANCE BUT MY HEART IS WITH CROATIA
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 06:19 AM
U KNOW I HAD A DREAM BEFORE RUSSIA WORLD CUP, IN MY DREAM I SAW MODRIC LIFTING WORLD CUP TROPHY N NOW IS GONNA HAPPEN IN THE FINAL
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roger-fetumba Jul 12, 2018 06:15 AM
Hence France beat Belgium I tip them taking nothing away from Croatia
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roger-fetumba Jul 12, 2018 06:14 AM
I personally wanted Belgium and Croatia in the final

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