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Tuesday 20th March 2018

England Knocked Out of the World Cup by Croatia

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Zain Al-Janabi - 7D News London

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:01 GMT

England have been knocked out of the World Cup after losing to Croatia in extra time by two goals to one.

After scoring the opener in the fifth minute, Gareth Southgate’s team fell short in the semi-final, held in Moscow, as they gave away two soft goals due to a lack of concentration.

Croatia’s winner came in the second half of extra time through Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

Kieran Trippier gave England the lead in the fifth minute from a stunning free kick into the top corner.

The Three Lions controlled the majority of the first half, as Spurs striker Harry Kane came close to adding a second after hitting the post in a rebound when his shot was saved by goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic.

With the score 1-0 at half time, Croatia came back firing after the break and were rewarded with a 68th minute equaliser from Inter Milan winger, Ivan Perisic, after a great cross from Sime Vrsaljko.

A few minutes after his equaliser, Perisic almost gave Croatia the lead as he hit the post with a left foot strike after a mix up between Harry Maguire and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.  

The game soon opened up with both Madzukic and John Stones coming close to putting their teams ahead.

As neither side could find the winner, the game went to extra time. Croatia dominated the first 15 minutes, while England looked dangerous on the break.

In the second half, Mandzukic ran off the back of Stones and struck into the bottom corner with his left foot, to give Zlatko Dalic’s men the lead and send the Croatian stands wild with celebrations.

Known for his like-for-like substitutions, Gareth Southgate finally decided to make a positive change and bring on Jamie Vardy for Kyle Walker to try and push England forward, but it was too little, too late for the English men as Croatia easily held out to secure a place in the World Cup final against France on July 15th.



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