FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi Final, Croatia vs England Highlights: Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to send Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final. England drew first blood with Kieran Trippier scoring in the first five minutes of the match with a brilliantly taken free kick. Although they were the better team in the first half, Croatia took control in the second. The crosses were increasingly frequent and dangerous and it was one of these that led to Ivan Perisic’s equaliser. Both sides looked worse for ware in extra-time and it was Croatia who came away with the winning goal. This is the third time on the bounce that Croatia have managed to win a match after it went into extra-time.
England have not been in the semi-finals of the World Cup since 1990 when they lost on penalties to then West Germany. But when England face Croatia in Russia on Wednesday, there may only be only a few thousand England supporters present. Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, where the match is being played, has a capacity of 80,000, so a few thousand England supporters will find themselves heavily outnumbered by Croatian fans as well as Russians who are expected to be in the majority.
With their own bitter memories of past semi-final defeats in the soccer tournament, England and Croatia will be competing for a spot in Sunday's final against France. But the dearth of England supporters means chants of soccer anthem "Three Lions" and its catchy chorus "it's coming home" may be hard to discern in Moscow despite a last-minute dash to the Russian capital by some supporters.