Croatia rallies past England to reach World Cup final


Croatia will be the smallest nation to play the final match of a World Cup since Uruguay won the 1950 tournament when they face France on Sunday, after recovering through a second-half Ivan Perisic volley and Mario Mandzukic's victor deep into extra time. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't".

Kane shot weakly at Danijel Subasic when through, then forced the rebound against a post and Raheem Sterling was a constant thorn in the Croatia defence, though again his final ball was too often astray.

England had 11 minutes to try and equalize to force a penalty shootout, but they were unable to find a way past the Croatian defence. "They are making good love I would say".

"Obviously it's been good to get to this stage and we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it. but we've fallen a bit short". I'm sure there was stuff we could have done better, but we worked as hard as we could. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match and is the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal.

"It hurts, it hurts a lot".

Mario Mandzukic's strike in extra-time sealed it as Croatia played an additional 30 minutes for the third time in a row.

"And like I said, they should be more humble and respect more opponents". Midfielder Perisic was outstanding in the second half and caused England no end of problems.

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Mandzukic's movement was also a constant challenge for England's back three and John Stones, in particular, did not look as composed as he has done in previous games.

"English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake".

Croatia started the find their range as the second half wore on and Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko's cross past a diving Jordan Pickford.

Mario Mandzukic wheels away after scoring the winning goal in Wednesday's semifinal between Croatia and England.

More than 10,000 Croatian fans arrived in Moscow for a chance to see their nation in the World Cup semi-final and it was worth the trip as the nation created history.

Gareth Southgate will keep the faith with his first-choice XI for tonight's crucial World Cup semi-final against Croatia.