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World Cup 2018: Croatia v England

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Mandzukic nets extra-time winner against England

England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonising end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.

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

Gareth Southgate's side - playing England's first semi-final since they were beaten on a penalties by West Germany at Italia 90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, only for Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser to send the match into extra time.

England's players were inconsolable at the final whistle as the dream was snatched away and they can take great pride and credit from this World Cup - but the pain was etched on their faces as well as that of manager Southgate.

Croatia, in sharp contrast, were jubilant and will now face France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Unfancied before the competition, England defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals, but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.

Harry Kane's golden touch deserted him when he missed a great chance to double their lead while Jesse Lingard also wasted a chance by shooting wide.

As England allowed their opportunity to slip from their grasp, Croatia grew in confidence.

England lost momentum after the break and were punished when Perisic stole in ahead of Kyle Walker for an athletic finish.

Croatia, with Luka Modric the orchestrator, were now in control as England faded, Perisic hitting the post and Jordan Pickford saving magnificently from Mandzukic before he made the decisive contribution with 11 minutes of extra time left.

The 32-year-old reacted quicker than John Stones in the area to beat Pickford - and England had nothing left to give.

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

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World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic equalises for Croatia against England

    England have now been eliminated in four of their five semi-finals at major tournaments, losing each of the last four they have reached (Euro 1968 v Yugoslavia, World Cup 1990 v Germany, Euro 1996 v Germany and World Cup 2018 v Croatia).

    Croatia have qualified for their first ever World Cup final in their fifth appearance at the World Cup finals.

    England have lost three competitive games against Croatia (3) since the turn of the Millennium, more than any against any other nation.

    Mario Mandzukic's winning goal was the latest goal ever conceded by England in a World Cup match (108 minutes, three seconds).

    Kieran Trippier became the first player to score a direct free-kick for England at the World Cup since David Beckham in 2006 (against Ecuador).

    Ivan Perisic has been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (6 goals, 4 assists), the joint-most, level with Davor Suker (9 goals, 1 assist).

    Trippier's goal after 4 minutes and 44 seconds was the fastest goal scored in a World Cup semi-final since 1958 (Vava after two minutes for Brazil v France).

    Croatia became the first team to play extra time in three consecutive World Cup matches since England in 1990.

    England scored nine goals from set pieces at the 2018 World Cup - the most by a team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966.

    Four of the five 2018 World Cup matches to go to extra time have involved either England or Croatia (the other was Spain v Russia).

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    Line-ups

    Match Stats

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Line-ups

Croatia

    23Subasic

    2Vrsaljko

    6Lovren

    21Vida

    3StrinicSubstituted forPivaricat 95'minutes

    11Brozovic

    18RebicBooked at 96minsSubstituted forKramaricat 101'minutes

    10ModricSubstituted forBadeljat 119'minutes

    7Rakitic

    4Perisic

    17MandzukicBooked at 48minsSubstituted forCorlukaat 115'minutes

Substitutes

    1Livakovic

    5Corluka

    8Kovacic

    9Kramaric

    12L Kalinic

    13Jedvaj

    14Bradaric

    15Caleta-Car

    19Badelj

    20Pjaca

    22Pivaric

England

    1Pickford

    2WalkerBooked at 54minsSubstituted forVardyat 112'minutes

    5Stones

    6Maguire

    8HendersonSubstituted forDierat 97'minutes

    12TrippierSubstituted forat 116'minutes

    7Lingard

    20Alli

    18YoungSubstituted forRoseat 90'minutes

    9Kane

    10SterlingSubstituted forRashfordat 74'minutes

Substitutes

    3Rose

    4Dier

    11Vardy

    13Butland

    14Welbeck

    15Cahill

    16Jones

    17Delph

    19Rashford

    21Loftus-Cheek

    22Alexander-Arnold

    23Pope

Referee:

Cüneyt Çakir

Attendance:

78,011

Match Stats

Home TeamCroatiaAway TeamEngland

Possession

Home55%

Away45%

Shots

Home22

Away11

Shots on Target

Home7

Away2

Corners

Home8

Away4

Fouls

Home23

Away14

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Match ends, Croatia 2, England 1.

Posted at 120'+5'

Second Half Extra Time ends, Croatia 2, England 1.

Posted at 120'+4'

Hand ball by Milan Badelj (Croatia).

Posted at 120'+2'

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 120'+2'

Foul by Jamie Vardy (England).

Posted at 120'+1'

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Croatia).

Posted at 120'+1'

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 120'

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic.

SubstitutionPosted at 119'

Substitution, Croatia. Milan Badelj replaces Luka Modric.

Posted at 117'

Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

Posted at 117'

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 116'

Foul by Domagoj Vida (Croatia).

Posted at 116'

Jordan Pickford (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 116'

Attempt saved. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Posted at 116'

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at 116'

Kieran Trippier went off injured after England had used all subs.

SubstitutionPosted at 115'

Substitution, Croatia. Vedran Corluka replaces Mario Mandzukic because of an injury.

Posted at 115'

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (England) because of an injury.

Posted at 114'

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Posted at 114'

Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josip Pivaric.

SubstitutionPosted at 112'

Substitution, England. Jamie Vardy replaces Kyle Walker.

Posted at 111'

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Posted at 111'

Kyle Walker (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 110'

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 110'

Foul by Kieran Trippier (England).

Goal!Posted at 109'

Goal! Croatia 2, England 1. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a headed pass.

Posted at 108'

Attempt missed. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic following a corner.

Posted at 107'

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.

Posted at

Second Half Extra Time begins Croatia 1, England 1.

Posted at 105'+4'

First Half Extra Time ends, Croatia 1, England 1.

Posted at 105'+4'

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at 105'+3'

Delay in match Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) because of an injury.

Posted at 105'+2'

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Posted at 105'+2'

Attempt saved. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross.

Posted at 105'+1'

Attempt blocked. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Perisic.

Posted at 104'

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 104'

Foul by Harry Kane (England).

SubstitutionPosted at 101'

Substitution, Croatia. Andrej Kramaric replaces Ante Rebic.

Posted at 101'

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 101'

Foul by Marcus Rashford (England).

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Source: bbc.com

Source: bbc.com

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