Thursday, 12 July 2018

Croatia wins England in extra-time to reach World Cup final for the first time in their history

Croatia will face France in the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow after beating England 2-1 in overtime tonight.

Mario Mandzukic's overtime strike helped Croatia beat England 2-1 in Moscow to reach the World Cup final for the first time in its history. England started electrically with Kieran Trippier's original goal and for a great period of play, it seemed good to reserve his passage to the finals for the first time since 1966, but Croatia struggled against their sadness and tamed the Three Lions, Mandzukic. land the decisive blow.

Gareth Southgate systematically downplayed his team's euphoria in the buildup, and for a moment, England hinted he was going to take charge of his own destiny, while Trippier found the net with a delightful free kick to the fifth minute. But Croatia rallied and allowed England to come back three times early in the second period, eventually restoring parity - Ivan Perisic offering a clever end in the 68th minute.

England managed to keep an extra 30 minutes and at first looked the most menacing of the two teams once again in the extra period. But Croatia stayed the course and Mandzukic struck in the 109th minute, putting an end to England's dreams for four years and playing a final with France on Sunday, Zlatko Dalic's men getting closer to a first title. world.

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