Croatia stuns England in extra time to reach first World Cup final

Kyle Walker was forced to pass through the “forfeit tunnel” that is part of England’s training routine

Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike completed a battling turnaround as Croatia beat England 2-1 in Moscow to reach the World Cup final for the first time in their history.

Predicting a "difficult and intriguing match for both teams", the Liverpool centre-back dismissed the notion that Croatia are at a disadvantage because they have had to play 120 minutes twice in a week. Luka Modric, who looked exhausted for much of the game, still ended up as the conductor for Croatia.

"This tournament will be won by a team with character". "We worked so hard, the fans were awesome, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better".

"I think they've done the country proud".

Croatia have had an impressive campaign at this World Cup.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarizing debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.

Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job past year after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Gareth Southgate's team dominated the first half, and they had Croatia on the ropes for lengthy periods after Trippier's fifth-minute free kick had given England the lead.

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But Harry Kane shot weakly at Danijel Subasic and forced the rebound against a post, Raheem Sterling again failed to turn promise into substance and Jesse Lingard curled a golden chance wide. Perisic was mightily unlucky not to add to his tally when his angled shot beat Pickford but cannoned off the post.

The Belgian has the third and fourth place match to play after having succumbed to France in the first semi-final on Tuesday, but, Kane will be keen to cement his position when he takes on Croatia on Wednesday.

In the ninth minute of extra time, a corner gave England defender Stones a glorious header on goal - but Croatia dedender Šime Vrsaljko was able to head it away. Pickford, meanwhile, has barely put a foot wrong throughout England's campaign and has made a series of fine saves, including a spectacular one-handed effort that denied Colombia's Mateus Uribe in the round of 16.

"This is a miracle". The chant is taken from the 1995 song "Three Lions" by English band The Lightning Seeds, recorded to mark the England football team's hosting of that year's European Championships.

For England, who captured so many hearts with their run to the semifinals, there will be the same disappointment that has haunted them at big tournaments across the world for 52 years. and counting.

It was his first goal for his country, England's 12th of the tournament and ninth from a set-piece, but they should have added more from open play as they revelled in the space they were being given in the first half.

Perisic almost followed up with a second goal moments after his first but he hit the post for the second game in succession. "We should not forget the opportunity we had".

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