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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Croatia Beat England 2-1 - England crashed out of the World Cup in the semi-finals after falling to an extra-time goal





Croatia 2-1 England AET: Mario Mandzukic breaks Three Lions hearts with extra-time winner as Luka Modric and Co reach the World Cup final after Ivan Perisic cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early opener

  • England have crashed out of the World Cup in the semi-finals after falling to an extra-time defeat by Croatia 
  • Kieran Trippier curled in a magnificent free-kick to give England a fifth-minute lead in Wednesday's semi-final
  • Harry Kane missed a glorious one-on-one opportunity to double their lead before he was flagged offside
  • Ivan Perisic put Croatia level in the 68th minute after getting his foot on the end of a Sime Vrsaljko cross
  • The goalscorer struck the foot of the post three minutes later as England began to wobble under pressure
  • John Stones almost headed England back in front in extra-time but Vrsaljko cleared it off the line
  • Mario Mandzukic fired the Croatians ahead on 109 minutes after reacting quickest to Perisic's header
  • Croatia will now play France in their first ever World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday
One by one, he walked slowly around his team. Hugs, not handshakes, no man left behind. This was it, journey's end. Gareth Southgate stood side by side with his players and applauded those who had followed them to Moscow.
Then he made his way to the chequered celebrations at the opposite end. That must have hurt. To be so near. To see what he could have won, the joy his players would have felt had the smallest margins gone their way.
England have overachieved at this World Cup — and may still get the consolation third prize — but it will not feel like it to this group. Not right now. They know how close they came to a first final on foreign soil and they know what it took to travel this far. 
England's players look dejected after the final whistle blows to confirm their World Cup exit at the semi-final stage
England's players look dejected after the final whistle blows to confirm their World Cup exit at the semi-final stage
The England players gathered in the centre circle after the game as they come to terms with the defeat by Croatia
The England players gathered in the centre circle after the game as they come to terms with the defeat by Croatia
Gareth Southgate saves a hug for England's heroic No 1 Jordan Pickford after the end of the game on Wednesday night
Gareth Southgate saves a hug for England's heroic No 1 Jordan Pickford after the end of the game on Wednesday night
The England boss consoles defender Harry Maguire after Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium
The England boss consoles defender Harry Maguire after Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium
Southgate puts his arm around England captain Harry Kane as the squad thank the fans for their support out in Russia
Southgate puts his arm around England captain Harry Kane as the squad thank the fans for their support out in Russia
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The Croatian players celebrate at the end of the game after reaching a first ever World Cup final, where they will face France
The Croatian players celebrate at the end of the game after reaching a first ever World Cup final, where they will face France
Croatia celebrate with their hordes of fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium after their place in the final was confirmed with victory
Croatia celebrate with their hordes of fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium after their place in the final was confirmed with victory
Mario Mandzukic celebrates after putting Croatia in front for the first time with just 11 minutes of extra-time remaining
Mario Mandzukic celebrates after putting Croatia in front for the first time with just 11 minutes of extra-time remaining
The Croatian striker reacted quickest to Ivan Perisic's instinctive header to beat John Stones to the ball and fire home
The Croatian striker reacted quickest to Ivan Perisic's instinctive header to beat John Stones to the ball and fire home
The Croatian players rush to congratulate the match-winner Mandzukic on their way to their first ever World Cup final
The Croatian players rush to congratulate the match-winner Mandzukic on their way to their first ever World Cup final
Perisic drifts in front of Kyle Walker and gets his foot ahead of the England defender's head to divert  a cross into the net
Perisic drifts in front of Kyle Walker and gets his foot ahead of the England defender's head to divert  a cross into the net

The Inter Milan winger celebrates after equalising for Croatia in the 68th minute of their World Cup semi-final clash
Rio Ferdinand pays tribute to England's team after World Cup defeat

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Kieran Trippier roars in celebration after giving England a fifth-minute lead against Croatia with a stunning free-kick
Kieran Trippier roars in celebration after giving England a fifth-minute lead against Croatia with a stunning free-kick
Trippier swings his free-kick over the jumping Croatian wall and beyond the despairing dive of Danijel Subasic in Moscow
Trippier swings his free-kick over the jumping Croatian wall and beyond the despairing dive of Danijel Subasic in Moscow
The defender is mobbed by his jubilant team-mates after giving England the early advantage in Moscow on Wednesday
The defender is mobbed by his jubilant team-mates after giving England the early advantage in Moscow on Wednesday
Manchester City star Walker jumps up on top of his England team-mates as they pile on the goalscorer early in the first half
Manchester City star Walker jumps up on top of his England team-mates as they pile on the goalscorer early in the first half

Fixtures
Results
Groups
Knockout
Sunday 15 July
Final
France
23:00
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Croatia
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MATCH FACTS 

Croatia (4-1-4-1): Subasic 7, Vrsaljko 7, Lovren 7.5, Vida 7.5, Strinic 7 (Pivaric 95, 6.5), Rakitic 7.5, Brozovic 7, Rebic 7.5 (Kramaric 101), Modric 9 (Badelj 119), Perisic 8.5, Mandzukic 8(Corluka 116)
Subs not used: Livakovic, Kovacic, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Pjaca, Lovren, Kalinic
Goalscorers: Perisic 68, Mandzukic 109
Booked: Mandzukic, Rebic
England: Pickford 9, Walker 7 (Vardy 112), Stones 7, Maguire 7.5, Trippier 8, Alli 7, Henderson 7 (Dier 97, 7), Lingard 6.5, Young 6.5 (Rose 90, 7), Sterling 6.5 (Rashford 74, 7), Kane 7
Subs not used: Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope
Goalscorers: Trippier 5
Booked: Walker
Manager: Gareth Southgate 7 
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir 6
Attendance: 78,011
For what was proved in Moscow was that this was no fluke. England were not some happy accident, some bunch of chancers who muddled their way to the last four via an easy draw and were then embarrassed by the company. 
Croatia shaded this, but no more. It took them 109 minutes to get ahead. The game was decided by small lapses, by misses, by moments. It was close.
England led for 63 minutes of this semi-final, there were 46 minutes played out level and Croatia were in front for 11 minutes. The key 11, of course. The only 11 anyone will remember. 
Yet what those numbers prove is that England were not out of their depth against one of the tournament's finest teams. Croatia are worthy finalists and if Luka Modric lands a third Champions League and the World Cup in the same season, he may yet be a Ballon d'Or winner.
But England, while beaten, were not broken. The absence of a playmaker of Modric's class was always going to be problematic whether now, or in the final against France, and so it proved. 
There were times when Croatia simply took control of the game, particularly in the second half when the best technical players changed its dynamic.
Not just Modric, although he was excellent, but Ivan Perisic, coming in from the left and a constant danger. It was his equaliser that took the game into extra time, his shot that hit a post soon after, his header that set up the winner. He was brilliant, as were his kids, invading the pitch for a kickabout at the end in front of Croatia's jubilant fans, daddy's name on their shirts.
The two captains Luka Modric and Harry Kane exchange a handshake ahead of kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday
The two captains Luka Modric and Harry Kane exchange a handshake ahead of kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli falls down under the challenge from Modric leading to the free-kick for the opening goal
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli falls down under the challenge from Modric leading to the free-kick for the opening goal
Perisic, Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren leap high but cannot block the free-kick as it bends towards their goal in the early stages
Perisic, Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren leap high but cannot block the free-kick as it bends towards their goal in the early stages
Croatia's Subasic is left stranded as Trippier's free-kick beats his dive and nestles into the net on Wednesday evening
Croatia's Subasic is left stranded as Trippier's free-kick beats his dive and nestles into the net on Wednesday evening
Captain Kane and the goalscorer cannot contain their delight after the Three Lions took an early lead in Moscow
Captain Kane and the goalscorer cannot contain their delight after the Three Lions took an early lead in Moscow
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the air in celebration after England's early strike at the Luzhniki Stadium against Croatia
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the air in celebration after England's early strike at the Luzhniki Stadium against Croatia
England forward Raheem Sterling looks to break forward early in the game but is denied by Croatia's Domagoj Vida
England forward Raheem Sterling looks to break forward early in the game but is denied by Croatia's Domagoj Vida
England defender Maguire leaps ahead of Croatia centre-back Vida but cannot direct his header from a corner goalwards
England defender Maguire leaps ahead of Croatia centre-back Vida but cannot direct his header from a corner goalwards
England were long gone by then. Back to the dressing room for the standard round of what might have been. The conclusion is always the same, though.
One lapse. That is all it takes in this rarest of atmospheres. One moment when concentration is lost, one time when danger isn't sighted.
For the winner, Kieran Trippier lost his header to Perisic, Mario Mandzukic ran off John Stones, and England were out of the World Cup.
Yet England were, in many ways, the best team here. Not in football terms, or technical terms. No one is claiming England are better than France, or Croatia, the finalists, even Belgium or Brazil. The result does not lie.
But as a team, a band of brothers, a group of players amounting to more than the sum of their parts, England were outstanding. So there is no shame here, no failure. England did as well as could possibly be expected given their youth, inexperience and the absence of a marquee midfielder like Modric.
Southgate has done an exceptional job and the national team should be his to mould for another four years at least. He deserves that, and so does this team, loyal to a fault.
Anyone who thinks England were simply fortunate doesn't know football. This game was the proof of it. The teams battled to a standstill, both exhausted, all energy and emotion spent. They could not have given more, either of them and that a single goal separated them was fitting. 
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic looks to get his foot on the ball early in the game as Stones tries to put pressure on him
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic looks to get his foot on the ball early in the game as Stones tries to put pressure on him
England midfielder Jordan Henderson gets his foot on the ball as Croatia captain Modric watches his midfield counterpart
England midfielder Jordan Henderson gets his foot on the ball as Croatia captain Modric watches his midfield counterpart
England goalkeeper Pickford leaps high and catches the ball in his gloves ahead of the efforts of Croatia forward Perisic
England goalkeeper Pickford leaps high and catches the ball in his gloves ahead of the efforts of Croatia forward Perisic
England captain Kane clutches his chest after being brought down in the centre circle while attempting to launch a counter
England captain Kane clutches his chest after being brought down in the centre circle while attempting to launch a counter
Kane then went on to miss a glaring one-on-one opportunity, hitting his effort too close to Croatia goalkeeper Subasic
Kane then went on to miss a glaring one-on-one opportunity, hitting his effort too close to Croatia goalkeeper Subasic
The England skipper was eventually flagged offside but not before he fired his rebound effort against the foot of the post
The England skipper was eventually flagged offside but not before he fired his rebound effort against the foot of the post
Modric remonstrates with referee Cuneyt Cakir as another decision goes against Croatia in the first-half in Moscow
Modric remonstrates with referee Cuneyt Cakir as another decision goes against Croatia in the first-half in Moscow
Ashley Young performs a last-ditch block as Croatian winger Ante Rebic looked to get on the end of a low cross
Ashley Young performs a last-ditch block as Croatian winger Ante Rebic looked to get on the end of a low cross
Better that than to lose on penalties and see that hoodoo return. That is one curse that has been lifted at this World Cup and good riddance.

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GOALS scored by England at this tournament - their most ever at a World Cup.
Their previous best was 11 in 1966, and their lowest total was two goals in 1950 and 2014. 
Credit Croatia, too. This was a spirited performance after two knockout games that have reached penalties. When England took the lead after five minutes, and dominated the opening 30, it would have been easy to give in to fatigue.
Instead, they found a way back into the game through the players England are missing. The ones who can take a game in a different direction and render the most tenacious opponents powerless.
Croatia were always going to be the strongest test England had faced in this competition to here, and so it proved. If England had the upper hand for the bulk of the first half, the second — in its entirety — belonged to Croatia. This was the side England — the country, more than the team — feared.
Controlling the ball in midfield, they made England look ragged on occasion for the first time in the competition. In a seven-minute spell, the impetus changed. Poor Kyle Walker was struck a devastating blow in the crotch from a shot by Perisic, collapsed, and when the ball did not go out of play, got up to clear the recycled cross. Then he fell again. It was a heroic moment.
Whether it played a part in what happened next, however, is hard to say.
Jesse Lingard had the chance to double England's advantage but he could only curl a tame effort wide of the Croatian goal
Jesse Lingard had the chance to double England's advantage but he could only curl a tame effort wide of the Croatian goal
England striker Kane is sent tumbling into the advertising hoardings after being on the end of a strong challenge
England striker Kane is sent tumbling into the advertising hoardings after being on the end of a strong challenge
Croatia winger Perisic grapples with England defender Walker and tries to get the ball off him to restart play in Moscow
Croatia winger Perisic grapples with England defender Walker and tries to get the ball off him to restart play in Moscow
Sterling goes to ground inside the box as he tries to find a way through for England, despite Croatia defending in numbers
Sterling goes to ground inside the box as he tries to find a way through for England, despite Croatia defending in numbers
The referee calls for medical attention to be given to Walker after the ball struck him in the midriff from a fierce shot at goal
The referee calls for medical attention to be given to Walker after the ball struck him in the midriff from a fierce shot at goal
Three minutes later, Sime Vrsaljko hit a superb deep cross from the right and Perisic drifted off Trippier and attacked the ball. Walker went for a diving headed clearance but Perisic nipped in first and met it with a volleyed flick past Jordan Pickford. 
A high boot? Possibly, but Walker was stooping, so it was a judgment call. Referee Cuneyt Cakir went with the scorer. To be fair, England would have moaned like hell had he disallowed one of theirs like that.
The pressure was now unrelenting. Perisic capitalised on the growing uncertainty in England's back line and hit the far post with a shot. This was as rattled as England had looked all tournament. Pickford came for a high ball, didn't get it, and Perisic shot over with the goal unguarded.
And yet there were moments throughout when England's strengths gave them a puncher's chance. Substitute Marcus Rashford won a free-kick, which Trippier curled in only for Harry Kane to steer a free header wide. Of all of England's players, the right back from Bury truly could have done no more.
It is a very select group, those who have scored for England direct from free-kicks. Even more exclusive, the little club that have done it at a World Cup. It's David Beckham, actually. Just him. One against Colombia, another more recently against Ecuador in 2006. Still if he does ever decide to form a society at least he'll have company at their annual ball. He'll have Trippier after Wednesday night.
Just five minutes gone. What a start it was for England. There can be little doubt now that we are watching the best deliverer of a dead ball this country has had since Beckham. We've already seen his first-time crosses, his vicious, perfectly flighted corners, but he has never scored a free-kick for England. No time like the present then. No time like a World Cup semi-final.
Minutes later Perisic got ahead of Walker and his acrobatic effort was too quick for Pickford, nestling into the back of the net
Minutes later Perisic got ahead of Walker and his acrobatic effort was too quick for Pickford, nestling into the back of the net
The Croatian players celebrate in front of their jubilant supporters after equalising against England in the 68th minute
The Croatian players celebrate in front of their jubilant supporters after equalising against England in the 68th minute
Walker, Stones and Pickford can only watch as Perisic's effort hits the foot of the post for Croatia minutes after the equaliser
Walker, Stones and Pickford can only watch as Perisic's effort hits the foot of the post for Croatia minutes after the equaliser
Southgate marshalls his troops as England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia heads in to extra-time on Wednesday
Southgate marshalls his troops as England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia heads in to extra-time on Wednesday
Stones rises highest to direct a free header towards goal but his effort was agonisingly cleared off the line by Croatia
Stones rises highest to direct a free header towards goal but his effort was agonisingly cleared off the line by Croatia
Croatia right-back Sime Vrsaljko is back on the line to head Stones' effort away from goal and keep the semi-final level
Croatia right-back Sime Vrsaljko is back on the line to head Stones' effort away from goal and keep the semi-final level
Pickford rushes off his line to deny Mandzukic as Croatia search for a winner in the first-half of extra-time on Wednesday
Pickford rushes off his line to deny Mandzukic as Croatia search for a winner in the first-half of extra-time on Wednesday
The Juventus striker would go on to have the last laugh as he fired Croatia into their first ever World Cup final against France
The Juventus striker would go on to have the last laugh as he fired Croatia into their first ever World Cup final against France
Zagreb erupts as Croatia makes it to the World Cup final

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Ivan Rakitic and Dele Alli clash in the closing stages of the game as tempers boil over with a World Cup final place at stake
Ivan Rakitic and Dele Alli clash in the closing stages of the game as tempers boil over with a World Cup final place at stake
Dele Alli was fouled by Modric just outside the penalty area D. A trio of England players stood around the ball deliberating but it was always Trippier's range. He did not disappoint.
The whole Croatia wall jumped but somehow the Tottenham man got it up, over and down to leave Danijel Subasic grasping at thin air in Croatia's goal. The ball passed over Dejan Lovren's head on route. Not small, Lovren. It was a quite exquisite free-kick.
On the bench, Southgate pumped his fists and then returned to default concentration mode. Five minutes is desperately early to take the lead in a World Cup semi-final. Better than going behind after five, obviously. But it's an age to defend and, as against Tunisia when this campaign began, England squandered several chances to seal a win.
The best of those fell to Kane. A perfect pass from Jesse Lingard and suddenly he was free of Croatia's defence with only Subasic to beat. He tried to slot it past him but Subasic saved and Kane scrambled desperately to be first to the rebound, now at an acute angle. He tried to whip it in, but the ball hit the near post, came out, struck Subasic and spun up in the air across goal and out on the other side.
The second chance was tough. But the first? In Kane's world that was a sitter. Maybe next time.
And that is what has changed. There could be a next time.

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