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Offbeat Croatia ends England's World Cup dream in extra time, will face France in final

00:10  12 july  2018
00:10  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  Croatia nabs final World Cup semifinal slot, eliminates host Russia in shootout Croatia advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Russia 4-3 in penalty shootout.Russia and Croatia were tied 2-2 after extra time after Russia equalized in the 115th minute when Mario Fernandes headed in a free kick from just outside the area after a handball was called against Croatia's Josip Pivaric. Alan Dzagoev chipped the free kick toward goal and Fernandes was unmarked.

Croatia have crushed England ’ s World Cup dream with a 2-1 extra - time victory in their semi- final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. England made a dream start with Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute free-kick securing a 1-0 lead.

MOSCOW — England saw its best chance of ending several generations’ worth of World Cup pain slip away on Wednesday night, as Croatia fought back for a 2-1 win in extra time , securing a spot against France in Sunday’ s final .

Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018  Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal                       REUTERS/Darren Staples © REUTERS/Darren Staples Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal REUTERS/Darren Staples

MOSCOW (AP) -- Croatia is going to its first World Cup final.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory over England on Wednesday.

BOX SCORE: CROATIA 2, ENGLAND 1

Croatia will face France on Sunday in the World Cup final.

About 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored, defender Sime Vrsaljko headed a shot on target off the goal line to keep the score tied.

Kieran Trippier had given England the lead by scoring from a free kick in the fifth minute. But Ivan Perisic equalized in the 68th after getting his foot to ball before England defender Kyle Walker could head it away.

England had been trying to reach its first World Cup final since winning its only title in 1966.

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France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2 .
<p>France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for .</p>Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe scored his fourth goal of the tournament for France and the team's fourth in the 65th minute, about 12 minutes after play resumed at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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