Croatia v England watched by 1m in Wales

13 July, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008

England held on despite losing their nerve, but Croatia broke them down once against in injury time when Mario Mandzukic grabbed the victor.

But Croatia summoned the strength to come back in the second half, equalising through Ivan Perisic before Mario Mandzukic got the victor in the 109th minute.

England, playing with zip and objective, looked sharp going forward as a rattled Croatia side tried to regroup, with Raheem Sterling proving a real handful but the score remained 1-0 at the break.

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It did reveal every player from the four remaining teams - England, France, Belgium and Croatia - had been tested 4.41 times since January, with some tested eight times. What a way to open his goalscoring account for England. I don't know of a smaller country in a World Cup final. After England found their limits against Croatia, the challenge must be to get better if they are to be contenders for Euro 2020.

"We proved everything differently that people were talking", Modric told ITV. He hardly had touches in the first half as the English men did well to cut off passing lanes leading to him.

Zagreb's main square exploded with joy and wild celebrations after Mario Mandzukic netted the victor in extra time to send his team into the July 15 final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium against France.

Croatia is trolling the England national soccer team after dumping it out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in heartbreaking fashion. England are happy so sit back and defend.

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The loss of control in that area meant Croatia could start to supply the risky wide man Ivan Perisic, who might have had a hat-trick.

Thankfully, it looks like no photojournalists were injured in the celebration of Mandzukic's goal.

Croatia will take on France in the final on Sunday.

In the end, the Croats did more to win.

Southgate insisted though that this team will improve with time. Kieran Trippier's early free-kick the difference between the two sides. England now play with little or no stage fright and the team is free of the inter-club rivalries that plagued the Three Lions in the past. "But now it's got a good foundation, so we just need to build on that and make sure we build an empire from it". Note that England scored 9 of their 12 goals from set-pieces.

England's Marcus Rashford covers his face after losing the semi final.

Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits. All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: "'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' They should be more humble and respect their opponents more", he said.

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