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Croatia beats England to qualify for their first World Cup final

13 July 2018

"We should kill the game even before extra time, and this is an fantastic achievement for us".

"We're gutted", said Harry Kane, still on course to finish as the tournament's top goalscorer with six strikes in Russian Federation.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi-Final - Croatia v England - Zagreb, Croatia - July 11, 2018.

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

Lovren played alongside Sterling for a season at Anfield and he bore the expression of someone who had been skinned by him once or twice before in training when he was beaten in a footrace by the touchline before ultimately committing a foul on England's No.10.

Germany are 5/1 (6.0) to bounce back from a shock World Cup exit by returning to winnings ways.

Kane is every defender's nightmare and, with six goals to his name at the tournament, the Englishman is raring to go as the Three Lions look to win their second ever World Cup.

"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

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"I think in the first half, we were really good and we maybe could've got another and in periods throughout the game we had chances".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has echoed the claims made by Dejan Lovren and Luka Modric that his side had "extra motivation" to beat England on Wednesday because of disrespect from the English media.

As the game entered extra-time, Jordan Pickford thought that he was going to be the hero after bravely saving at the feet of Mario Mandzukic - the Everton "keeper made his feelings known to the Juventus striker during that confrontation - but 'Super Mario" had the last laugh when he fired home the victor to send Croatia wild.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history". I thought they played well and made it hard for us.

The win sent tens of thousands of French people pouring onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in scenes of joy last seen when France won the World Cup two decades ago.

There are plenty of big names ahead of England in the betting though, albeit many of them failed to produce this summer with one notable exception.

Local fans are now gearing up for the final match against France on Sunday.

- The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves. "We made it to the finals, no one believed in us, every pundit out there was thinking England but we showed the world", another jubilant fan said.

Croatia beats England to qualify for their first World Cup final