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Highlight Croatia vs England, FIFA World Cup 2018, Semi-final 2 at Moscow: Croatia into the final for first time
  • 02:33 (IST)

    That's all from us. What a World Cup it has been so far. It's down to just two now. France and Croatia will battle it out for the World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium on Sunday. Before that on Saturday, fallen semi-finalists Belgium and England will fight for the third place. We will bring you all updates from both games. Thanks for following Firstpost, we will keep bringing you the best from the World Cup. Good night.

  • 02:28 (IST)

    FRANCE VS CROATIA! The big final! 

  • 02:21 (IST)

    Deserved World Cup finalists!

  • 02:20 (IST)

    England's dream is over, but this squad can be proud!

  • AET: Croatia 2-1 England

     

    Very contrasting emotions here at the Luzhniki Stadium. Croatia - yes, Croatia - are heading into their first-ever World Cup final. What a momentous occasion for Dalic and his team. The Croatian made the sign of the cross and was then jumped on by Vrasaljko in a bizarre celebration. England's players simply collapsed to the floor, crushed by disappointment.  It's been another extraordinary night. From us here in Moscow, it's 'pa-jal-sta' (thank you, it's been a pleasure in Russian) and good night!

  • 02:18 (IST)

    Stat Alert: Croatia have become the first team to come from behind in three knock-out stage matches and advance. Spirited!

  • AET: Croatia 2-1 England

     

    Gareth Southgate is consoling his players. A brave new world? Alas, not so for England. There won’t be a Battle of Waterloo against the French on Sunday. They have enjoyed a sensational few weeks in Russia. English football has shown a new face and Gareth Southgate and his youngsters were at the heart of an outstanding English World Cup campaign. They came agonisingly close, but ultimately fell short against the better team. England were ragged from the second half onwards. Kane contributed too little. They will go to St Petersburg to contest the third place play-off against Belgium.

  • 02:13 (IST)

    FINALIST! 

  • AET: Croatia 2-1 England

     

    What a rearguard action from Croatia. They huffed and puffed. They probed and poked and had so little to offer in the first half, but they came good in the end. Modric was underwhelming. Rebic fought tooth and nail. Mandzukic was the ultimate bully and big game striker. Perisic, simply the man of the match. A vintage performance from the number 4, scoring, providing and showing great industriousness. This Croatia have a steeliness about them, coming back thrice from behind in the knockout stages to progress to the final. France have been warned!

  • The scenes at Luzhniki!

  • 02:07 (IST)

    AET: Croatia 2-1 England

    Croatia are through to their first ever World Cup final. England go home. Despite an early goal from Trippier, Croatia carved their way back into the contest to win it in extra time. Stunning display from the Croats who went through three extra times to reach the final. They play France here at the Luzhniki on Sunday. What a game in prospect! 

     

  • 02:03 (IST)

    120' Croatia 2-1 England

    4 minutes of stoppage time added on. Can England salvage this?

     

  • 02:01 (IST)

    119' Croatia 2-1 England

    Luka Modric is replaced by Badlej. Croatia almost there. England almost home

     

  • 02:00 (IST)

    117' Croatia 2-1 England

    Kieran Trippier hobbles off the pitch. England are down to ten men. It appears that their World Cup run is heading towards its conclusion

     

  • 117' Croatia 2-1 England

     

    And once more it is into the breach for England. In fact, they  kicked off and tried to score a goal while Croatia were still celebrating. Cheeky, no?  Mandzukic has been substituted for Corluka, who plays his club football for Lokomotiv Moscow. Dalic wants to protect the result.

  • 01:58 (IST)

    115' Croatia 2-1 England

    Mandzukic scored what may become the match-winning goal, but there is no doubt about the man of the match. He provided the assist and scored Croatia's equalizer. Back in the days Perisic played his club football in Belgium for Club Brugge. I rated him, but never imagined he'd be so decisive in a world cup semi-final.

  • 01:57 (IST)

    114' Croatia 2-1 England

     
     
    Croatia have their tails up. They are bossing possession and England look deflated. If it has to come home, they need an inspiration. Otherwise they are going home

  • 111' Croatia 2-1 England

    Mayhem in the north stand of the Luzhniki Stadium! It's that man, the immense Mandzukic, who has been pestering and bullying the England defense all night long. He gets first to a header from Perisic and dispatches the ball into the far corner. England were snoozing and that was poor defending. At this stage, it's not coming home.

  • 01:53 (IST)

    GOAL !

    109' Croatia 2-1 England

    GOAL! Mario Mandzukic puts Croatia ahead! Mandzukic is switched on as a hopeful back header from Perisic finds the forward puts it away. 

     

  • 01:50 (IST)

    106' Croatia 1-1 England

    Second half of extra time begins

     

  • 01:48 (IST)

    HT in Extra Time: Croatia 1-1 England

    England and Croatia both had a shot on target in that half

     

  • 01:46 (IST)

    HT in Extra Time: Croatia 1-1 England

    Pickford's excellent goalkeeping has kept England on par with Croatia who have had the better of the half again. England haven't been able to pose a great deal of threat ever since Perisic's equaliser

  • 01:44 (IST)

    105+2' Croatia 1-1 England

    SAVE! Jordan Pickford produces a stunning save from point blank range from Mario Madzukic to keep England on level terms. Brave goalkeeping from the English custodian who is down injured.

     

  • 01:42 (IST)

    105' Croatia 1-1 England

     
    2 minutes added on

  • 105' Croatia 1-1 England

    Modric was performant in spells during this match. He just spilled possession, but then regained it with a great tackle. His industriousness and guile have been key for Croatia, and he is showing endurance her, but he looks leggy now. The game, however, is very stretched. In fact, it's wide open. There is so much space everywhere.

     

  • 01:37 (IST)

    101' Croatia 1-1 England

    Andrej Kramaric comes on for Rebic

     

  • 01:36 (IST)

    99' Croatia 1-1 England

    OFF THE LINE! Vrsaljko clears from under the crossbar. John Stones' header from the corner was destined for the back of the net. England are a beast on set-pieces

     
     
     

  • 01:33 (IST)

    97' Croatia 1-1 England

    Eric Dier replaces Jordan Henderson for England

     

  • 97' Croatia 1-1 England

     

    On a personal note, I am slightly hungry. The other day a colleague from Pakistan offered me a nice hamburger during the live blog. Alas, high up, in the press box, there is no such 'Great Escape' here.  I shall suffer in loneliness, surrounded by 78,010 people. Steve Holland and Southgate were in deep conversation during the interval. England are pinging it around nicely. They will be looking for good link-up play to regain dominance in this game. In other breaking news, Croatia have finally made a sub. It took Dalic a staggering 95 minutes.

  • 01:32 (IST)

    95' Croatia 1-1 England

    Pivaric replaces Strinic for Croatia. Both teams very cautious at the start of extra time. No team wants to give the other an advantage at this stage. As I type England have a free-kick. 

     

  • 01:27 (IST)

    91' Croatia 1-1 England

    First half of extra time begins. Danny Rose has replaced Ashley Young

     

  • And it's extra time! Vida doesn't look happy with another 30 draining minutes of football. The teams huddle for  30 minutes of potentially life-changing football. The game isn't per se an epic, but endurance, composure and experience will count. Southgate talks to his charge. Henderson went missing in the second half and he will need an improved contribution in these last 30 minutes. The French, I guess, won't be able to contain themselves with joy here. A perfect scenario for them.

  • 01:25 (IST)

    FT: Croatia 1-1 England

    Second half was all about Croatia. They slowly grew into it, got their equaliser and almost won it. England failed to register a shot on target in the second half.

     

  • 01:21 (IST)

    FT: Croatia 1-1 England

    Extra time beckons! Ivan Perisic's equaliser takes Croatia into their third extra time in a row. Will it play into England's hands. We have 30 more minutes to find out. 

     

  • 01:18 (IST)

    90+1' Croatia 1-1 England

    3 minutes added on at the end of the 90 minutes

  • 90' Croatia 1-1 England

    Can Croatia maintain this intensity and this tempo? They are playing with a lot of gusto and guts - that must be energy-sapping. They run, run and run, a 100km so far, four more than England. Will Dalic not bring on a sub? Croatia have already played extra time twice. We are just minutes away from prolongations here tonight as well. All in all, it's a great spectacle  - it's nerve-shredding and stomach-turning, everything a World Cup semi-final should be about.

  • 87' Croatia 1-1 England

    England's defense has been exposed. Kyle Walker is not a central defender and at this level that shows. He was at fault for Croatia's goal. He was too slow in dealing with Mandzukic, who turned and tested Pickford. The English number one has also looked a little less secure. His distribution has been poor and at times he has flapped at the ball.

  • 01:13 (IST)

    84' Croatia 1-1 England

     
    England living dangerously. Mario Madzukic goes behind the English defence and fires a shot goalwards. Pickford is at the right places to save. Moments later Pickford fails to get telling connection and Ivan Perisic puts the loose ball over

  • 80' Croatia 1-1 England

    Do we have another Brexit on our hands? Croatia master the tempo and the game. Southgate responded by swapping Sterling for Rashford. Ten minutes left in a game that has becoming absorbing.

  • 01:05 (IST)

    77' Croatia 1-1 England

    CHANCE! Jesse Lingard races into the box and has the option of going for a shot and picking out Dele Alli. He does neither and the chance is gone. England responding after being pegged back

     

  • 76' Croatia 1-1 England

    Oh dear, the English are rocking and it's that man again, Croatia's number four. So close, and yet so far (In the heat of the moment, cliches are allowed.). The complexion of the game has changed dramatically. The Luzhniki has becoming a cauldron, reflecting the intensity of this game. At the moment, 'it's stumbling home.'

  • 01:02 (IST)

    73' Croatia 1-1 England

    Marcus Rashford replaces Raheem Sterling for England. England need to turn the tide of this game

     

  • 01:01 (IST)

    72' Croatia 1-1 England

    OFF THE POST! Ivan Perisic is running riot with his trickery. He creates space for a shot inside the box and strikes the upright. Croatia fail to convert from the rebound. Suddenly England are living on the edge now

     

  • 70' Croatia 1-1 England

    The English rearguard at fault! It's a good run from Perisic. He  just had his shot blocked by Walker, but this time he gets the better of England's number two, coming from in behind Trippier's back. Vrsaljko delivered the assist and Perisic showed great instinct. It's a superb flick.

  • 00:57 (IST)

    GOAL !

    68' Croatia 1-1 England

    GOAL! Ivan Perisic equalises for Croatia! Walker and Trippier go off to sleep as Perisic sneaks in at the far post to tap home Vrasajko's cross. It's all square. Game on!

     

  • 67' Croatia 0-1 England

     

    Get your headlines ready! It's the Battle of Waterloo on Sunday at the Luzhniki, or not just yet? The Croatians have been more composed in this second half, even seizing control of the game. England have played it long a few times. That stretches the play and forces Croatia to attack from deep. As a consequence, the game has gone a bit flat.

  • 00:53 (IST)

    65' Croatia 0-1 England

     
    BLOCKED! Modric's cross is partially cleared by England. It falls to Perisic at the edge of the box whose effort is crucially blocked by Kyle Walker. Much better from Croatia

  • 00:47 (IST)

    60' Croatia 0-1 England

    The game has lost its edge. Some sloppy play from both sides. As things stands, it suits England who lead through the fifth minute Kieran Trippier free-kick

     

  • 00:42 (IST)

    Stat Alert: As it stands both semi-finals will end 1-0. That has happened only once before - in 2002, Brazil defeated Turkey courtesy of a brilliant Ronaldo goal and Germany edged hosts South Korea with a strike from Michael Ballack.

  • 53' Croatia 0-1 England

    You'd think Dalic would have brought on Kovacic in midfield, but no sign of him so far. He is a great option to have on the bench.

Preview: Two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semi-final defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further.

England’s last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France.

Croatia's Luke Modric and England's Harry Kane will be key figures for their respective teams in the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2018. AP

Croatia's Luke Modric and England's Harry Kane will be key figures for their respective teams in the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2018. AP

While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team’s then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.

England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.

But neither side are in a mood for nostalgia or using the past as motivation.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.

“We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998,” said midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

“What they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive,” he added.

England’s loss in 1990 was turned into a documentary film and has become a fabled part of the country’s “52 years of pain” since their 1966 World Cup triumph.

But on Monday, defender Ashley Young was quick to dismiss it’s significance.

“We are concentrating on what’s going on now. Not what’s happened in the past. We’re looking forward to the future,” said Young.

Underestimated

Neither team came to Russia being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.

Croatia’s 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement.

In their quarter-final clash with Russia, the Croats showed a different side, being willing to slug it out with the Russians for 120 minutes before keeping their cool and winning the shootout in such a partisan atmosphere.

England, who made an early impression with a 6-1 crushing of Panama in the group stage, then overcame their shootout hoodoo in beating Colombia in the last 16 and looked composed and mature in the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden.

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match — a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

With inputs from AP


Updated Date: Jul 12, 2018 02:33 AM

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