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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

World Cup 2018: Croatia 2-1 England, Mario Mandzukic The Hero! (Video, Details & Facts)

OMG! Croatia have qualified for the 2018 World Cup final after victory over England on Wednesday night.


Croatia have reached the World Cup final for the first time ever after an Extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic gave them a 2-1 lead over England in the semi-finals.


Ivan Perisic headed the ball back into the area, the England defence hesitated and Mandzukic drove his shot past Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with 11 minutes left in Extra-time.


England started the match very well when Kevin Tripper curled in a free-kick in the 5th minute to put them ahead and they looked more dangerous all through the first-half.


Croatia took control after halftime and hit back when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.


The Three Lions will play Belgium in Saturday's third-placed play-off.


ENGLAND 1-2 CROATIA - TRIPPIER (5), PERISIC (68), MANDZUKIC (118)


England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane.


Croatia XI: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida, Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic.


Facts:-


4 - Ivan Perisic has scored four goals at theWorld Cup for Croatia - only Davor Suker (6) has scored more in the competition for them. Answer.


18 - Only one of the previous 18 teams to be ahead at half-time in a World Cup semi-final have failed to go on and win (Italy in 1990 v Argentina, who lost on penalties). Resolve.


2 - Kieran Trippier is the second England player to score a direct free-kick goal at a World Cup (since 1966), following David Beckham who scored one in both 1998 and2006. Inspiration.


9 - England have scored nine goals from set pieces at the 2018 World Cup - the most by any team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966. Whip.

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