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01:45  12 july  2018
01:45  12 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

France 4-2 Croatia: Player Ratings

  France 4-2 Croatia: Player Ratings France are World Cup champions for the second time in their history after they defeated Croatia 4-2 in a wild final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The French side went ahead when Mario Mandzukic has headed the ball in his own net, the only major chance France had in the game at that point. Ivan Perisic equalized for the Croats after twisting at the edge of the box to lash his volley past Hugo Llrois. More drama ensued as the referee pointed to the spot as, after watching the VAR replay, he deemed that Perisic had intentionally handled the ball but it looked harsh on the Croatian. Antoine Griezmann converted his third penalty of the tournament to hand his side the lead once again. Goals by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe looked to have sealed the win but Llrois gifted Croatia a lifeline. Mandžukić out-smarted the goalkeeper and read his poor technique to try and pass the ball around him by sticking his leg out and Croatia were back in it. Croatia huffed and puffed but couldn’t find more as France repeat their success 20 years ago by lifting the World Cup once again.

England . Robert Green Largely a spectator until, with the game won, he saved from Eduardo who netted the second rebound 6. Glen Johnson Showed he is capable in defence. His centre for Lampard to score the third summed up his attacking prowess 7. John Terry There were blocks aplenty

England 's semi-final against Croatia went the distance in Moscow on Wednesday night, but which players stood out as Gareth Southgate's Russian journey came to an end? England . Jordan Pickford 6. No chance with Perisic’s goal but errors began to creep into his game and had some shocking

England v Croatia: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia © Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport England v Croatia: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

England’s carnival in Russia is over with their 1-2 defeat at the hands of Croatia in a World Cup semi-final.

Kieran Trippier’s wonderful free-kick gave the Three Lions a priceless lead before the Croats roared back in the second half with an Ivan Perisic equaliser.

Come the extra time, the Vatrenis had momentum and ball control in their grasp to suffocate England and score the winner. Southgate’s men then tried to throw everything in search of a leveller but it was too little too late.

All the pre-match tactical talks revolved around on how England would combat the tremendously talented Croatian midfield. Well, that proved to be the telling difference in the end as Luka Modric and Co. took control since the start of second half and never looked back.

I am one of the world's best - Lovren

  I am one of the world's best - Lovren Croatia's Luka Modric deserves the Ballon d'Or, according to Dejan Lovren, who described himself as one of the world's best defenders.Dejan Lovren called for more recognition of his talents after he helped Croatia to a World Cup semi-final victory over England, describing himself as "one of the best defenders in the world".

Croatia vs England World Cup player ratings . Having maintained the lead at half-time, English hearts dropped when Ivan Perisic equalised in the 68th minute, getting his boot onto Sime Vrsaljko's pin-point cross to volley past Jordan Pickford.

England vs Sweden, player ratings : Who was stand-out performer as Gareth Southgate's side reached semi-finals? Gareth Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990. If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will.

Let us take a look at the England player ratings and analyse how they performed in Moscow on the biggest stage:

Arsenal and Spurs want World Cup forward - but he's holding out for Bayern .
Arsenal have joined Tottenham and Manchester United in expressing an interest in Ante Rebic, but the Croatian is hoping to join Bayern this summer. As per a report from Sport Bild, interest is mounting in the player, but new Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is ready to move for the forward. It is believed that any deal for Rebic would cost around €50 million but it is yet to be seen how willing Bayern would be to pay that. Rebic impressed at Frankfurt last season under Kovac and has also gone on to star at the World Cup for Croatia in Russia. The two also worked together during Kovac’s time in charge of the Croatian national team. Rebic scored a brilliantly-taken volley to help Croatia ease past Argentina in the group stages. They face England in the semi-finals on Wednesday night as they battle it out for a place in the final.

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