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Sports Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1

00:30  12 july  2018
00:30  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

  Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw In a match neither team had to win, Belgium came out on top and took first place in its World Cup group with a 1-0 victory over England on Thursday. Adnan Januzaj scored with a curling shot in the 51st minute on a night of little tension or attacking intent.With the victory, Belgium gets what appears to be an easier match in the next round against Japan on Monday in Rostov-on-Don. England will face Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow.Both teams had advanced to the round of 16 before the match.

When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2 - 1 Wednesday.

England had gone ahead with a free kick just five minutes in, dominated play and appeared headed to its first World Cup final since 1966. Croatia became the first team since Argentina beat Italy in 1990 to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match. Football will not be coming home to

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MOSCOW - When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday.

Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.

Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semis

  Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semis Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semisCenter back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

England had gone ahead with a free kick just five minutes in, dominated play and appeared headed to its first World Cup final since 1966. Croatia became the first team since Argentina beat Italy in 1990 to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match. Football will not be coming home to

Croatia in World Cup final for 1 st time , beats England 2 - 1 . Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute , Mario Mandzukic got the go-ahead goal in the 109th and Croatia shocked England with a 2 - 1 victory Wednesday that advanced a nation of just over 4 million to a World Cup final against France.

Defender Sime Vrsaljko kept the score even by heading a shot off the goal line about 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute. Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute.

But football will not be coming home, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard.

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Soccer-France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftime .
Soccer-France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftimeFrance took the lead when Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner over England in the semi-final, inadvertently headed home an Antoine Griezmann free-kick in the 18th minute for the first own goal in a World Cup final.

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