Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Croatia beat England to reach first World Cup final

Croatia has qualified for the World Cup final for the first time in history after defeating England 2-1 on Wednesday.

Kieran Trippier gave England a dream start with a superb early free-kick, but Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic.

That sent the game to extra time, and Croatia grew into the match as England wilted. Perisic beat Trippier to a loose ball, flicking a backwards header instinctively into the box.

And then there was one more chance, early in the second period of extra time. A ball nodded back in, a tiny gap behind the England defense, and Mandzukic summoned whatever he had left and went for it. The ball fell, Mandzukic beat his man to it and slammed it under Jordan Pickford.

Croatia will France on Sunday in the World Cup final in Moscow. England will head to St. Petersburg for a rematch with Belgium that neither team wants in the third-place game.

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