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Croatia beats England to qualify for their first World Cup final

Croatia beats England to qualify for their first World Cup final

Playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, England took a fifth-minute lead through Kieran Trippier's superb free-kick.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores the decisive goal in his team's semifinal against England.

But he is yet to fully convince and win the trust of everyone, and is still susceptible to occasional errors, highlighted by his stray pass that allowed Russian Federation a chance to go clear on goal in the closing minutes of the quarter-final.

Trippier's father is a passionate football fan, famously erecting a flagpole to fly the England flag in his front yard and ignoring local council pleas to take it down. Surely Harry Kane, the tourney leader with six goals, or another instant hero would convert the one chance they needed.

A late Croatia onslaught was unable to complete the turnaround and England stepped things up again in extra-time, nearly retaking the lead when John Stones had a header cleared off the line by Vrsaljko in the 98th minute. "It's just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way".

Although they saw more of the ball, Dalic's side initially struggled to offer a significant improvement after half-time and England had a penalty shout turned down just after the hour - Domagoj Vida getting a slight touch on the ball before sending Sterling tumbling.

But place in the World Cup final against France was not to be. It's Trippier! His first ever England goal.

Tottenham Hotspur players have scored 12 goals at this World Cup, the most by any club at the tournament, one ahead of Barcelona.




Mario Mandzukic struck the decisive blow, catching out a sleeping England defence to smash a low finish past Jordan Pickford.

"It's going to hurt for a while", captain Kane said afterward.

The crowd in Hyde Park went berserk as England scored, and those watching on the huge screen were drenched in beer as plastic cups flew through the air amid wild celebrations.

The 23-man England squad, which has an average age of just over 26 and was the tournament's third youngest, had the hopes and expectations of a nation on their shoulders.

Right now, individual awards may mean little to Kane - but his manager, England boss Gareth Southgate, believes the entire team can feel proud of what they accomplished in Russian Federation.

They had won just one knockout match at a major tournament in 16 years before coming to Russian Federation, a 1-0 victory against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. "It's supposed to be fun, isn't it?"

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, attending the World Cup semifinal match in Moscow on 11 July, 2018, along with Mika Lipsker (18) and Alon Eizarayev (13), who are fighting cancer.

Meanwhile, Croatia made the most out of its first World Cup semifinal since 1998 and will be facing France in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow, with England heading to St. Petersburg to battle it out with Belgium in the third-place game.


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