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Croatia into the World Cup Final!

12 July 2018

The result of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia was always going to be historic.

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They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

Dele Alli made a decisive contribution in this game, but after being fouled in the second minute for Trippier's free-kick opener for England, the Tottenham midfielder struggled to make any further impact.

For Joe, 62, it was his first live England match. A handsome header by Harry Maguire in the first half was all they needed to win. The Croatia striker evaded his marker, found space in the box, and needed just one touch to tease the ball past Pickford and break a nation's hearts.

Mandzukic's movement was also a constant challenge for England's back three and John Stones, in particular, did not look as composed as he has done in previous games.

England captain Harry Kane was heartbroken after the loss but admitted that England had paid the price for being too passive in the second half after a bright opening 40 minutes.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, attending the World Cup semifinal match in Moscow on 11 July, 2018, along with Mika Lipsker (18) and Alon Eizarayev (13), who are fighting cancer.

Crawford was capped twice by the Three Lions in the early sixties and played on the same pitch as all of the triumphant England team of that era at some stage or another during a near fifteen-year career in the game.

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"I can't ask any more", England manager Gareth Southgate said of his team.

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The Inter Milan man's effort off the woodwork was the closest either side came to taking the lead before the 90 minutes were up, meaning England faced a second period of extra time at Russian Federation 2018 - with Croatia undertaking a third consecutive additional 30 minutes.

They said what? Gary Lineker, former England striker, now pundit: "Dig deep, breathe, start again". But we've fallen just a bit short. "It's supposed to be fun, isn't it?"

Following in the footsteps of the heroes of 1966 had looked a pipe dream this summer, but Southgate has created an impressive bond and shaped his promising team into World Cup challengers. Young team with huge potential.

But Croatia, having won on penalties against Denmark and Russian Federation in the last two rounds, saw the game out, dousing the World Cup dream of Gareth Southgate's side that had gone from the improbable to the possible over the last month in Russian Federation.

What's next? England will meet Belgium in the playoff for third and fourth in St. Petersburg on Sunday morning at 2am (NZT).

Croatia into the World Cup Final!