Zagreb erupts into wild celebrations after Croatia reaches World Cup final

Zagreb erupts into wild celebrations after Croatia reaches World Cup final

Zagreb erupts into wild celebrations after Croatia reaches World Cup final

As for England, their challenge faded badly after taking the lead in the semi-final and in the end, they simply could not compete against a hungrier Croatia team.

Manchester United supporters were already gutted to see which ref had been assigned to the England game - back in the 2012-13 season when United played Real Madrid he controversially sent Nani off and didn't award two penalties.

"We deserved the victory", said match-winner Mandzukic.

Trippier struck the ball with his right foot and it rose above leaping Dejan Lovren and Mandzukic to the left of the desperate dive of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who turned his head and watched the ball land in the upper corner. Both teams went into half-time with Trippier's goal separating the two sides.

England have been knocked of the World Cup after a 2-1 semi final loss to Croatia in an epic encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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.

Speaking to reporters a day after his side's historic win, Dalic said: "There is always some extra motivation and we always respect our opponents".

Ivan Perisic's goal destabilized England's set-up. It's going to hurt for a while of course.

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"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports). It's been a fantastic journey.

"I think in the first half we were really good and maybe we could have got another goal", Southgate told ITV.

"We've come an incredibly long way in a short time and the experiences against Colombia, Sweden, is probably beyond where we thought we could go".

"Nobody wanted to give in when I was preparing the first eleven, nobody wanted to say I was not ready in extra time, no one wanted to be subbed and this shows character and what makes me proud".

Belgium will contest the World Cup third place play-off with England on Saturday and are also 8/1 (9.0) shots to win Euro 2020.

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares. Suddenly the adrenaline rush has made them look so much more risky.

Since their dream run to the last four in 1998, their first tournament as an independent nation, Croatia have failed to get past the group stage, with every subsequent failing team being compared unfavourably with the heroes of France.

"I can't ask any more of them than what the players and staff have given".

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