Croatia vs England Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia are 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. 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. (AP) (Croatia vs England As it happened)
Croatia vs England Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018: As it happened
Croatia are into the World Cup final! Mario Mandzukic's goal the difference between the two sides as Croatia beat England 2-1 in the semi-final. Dream over for England. Croatia are uncontrollable on the pitch
Croatia 2-1 England Live
CROATIA HAVE SCORED! WHAT A STUNNING MOMENT FOR THEM! Perisic with header from inside the box. He is facing the opposite direction and has headed it behind. Mario Mandzukic picks it up and slots it home past Pickford.
Noting to seperate the two teams after 90 minutes. Croatia score one and so do England. We are moving into extra-time in the second semi-final of the World Cup 2018.
Croatia 1-1 England
Croatia have scored in the second half to level things up against England! It's 1-1 in the semi-final of the World Cup 2018. Will this be the third game in a row where Croatia have to deal in penalties?
Croatia 0-1 England Live
England lead Croatia 1-0 at half-time in their semi-final game in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow. England scored a goal via Trippier in the fifth minute
Croatia 0-1 England Live
Croatia are building the pressure on England to equalise in Moscow. It's a tight game which should be thrilling till the distance.
England have taken the lead! What a stunning free-kick from Kieran Trippier. That was a goal in the fifth minute. Croatia now have a big task at hand
Macron to meet Putin
French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin with France having made it to the World Cup final in Moscow _ and on the eve of Putin's high-stakes meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Macron's office said Wednesday that he and Putin spoke by phone after France won its semifinal late Tuesday to advance to Sunday's final. Macron was at the semifinal in St. Petersburg and will travel back to Russia for the decisive closing match.
Sexism bigger problem than racisim
Anti-discrimination experts say with some surprise that sexism has been a bigger problem than racism at the World Cup. The director of a group called the Fare network that helps FIFA tackle discrimination says 30 cases of ``sexism on the streets'' by male fans were reported. Fare director Piara Powar says about half of those involved female broadcasters being ``accosted while on air.'' He estimates ``there's many, many more unreported'' cases where Russian women were targeted.
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Croatia last reached to the semi-final of a World Cup back in 1998. 20 years they have waited for this moment. Can they go past England now?
Dejan Lovren says nightmare October club game against Harry Kane irrelevant now
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren’s nightmare club performance when he faced Harry Kane and Tottenham last October is irrelevant, he said on Tuesday as he prepared to take on the England striker again in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final. Lovren has been a rock for Croatia at the World Cup and did not want to dwell on the memories of his performance for Liverpool against Tottenham where he was substituted after 31 minutes in a 4-1 defeat. Lovren was at a fault for the first two Liverpool goals, with Kane scoring one and setting up the other before going on to complete a hat-trick.
“I don’t know what to say. It’s completely irrelevant to talk about one or other defeat against Tottenham,” said Lovren when he was asked about the game. “Why didn’t you ask me about my good performances instead of nitpicking?”
British parliament to discuss declaring Monday as bank holiday if England win World Cup
According to a report from Talk Sport, over 180,000 people have signed the petition which was posted on the Government’s website by Liam Betson. The petition states that in case England led by coach Gareth Southgate wins the trophy, the entire country should be given an off day on Monday as the day “will not be pleasant for all fans”. With the petition receiving over 100,000 signatures by Tuesday morning, it will be considered for a debate in the House of Commons, the report adds.
Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic on cusp of milestone
Croatia midfielder duo Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic are on the cusp of achieving a major milestone in case they win the World Cup trophy. They won the Champions League trophy in June, and if Croatia win World Cup, they will be added to the list of people who have won Champions League and World Cup in the same year.
Danijel Subasic has World Cup on mind, load on chest
Mihir Vasavda talks about the Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and the tragedy that defines the World Cup campaign for him:
"Ten years have passed since that fateful day, but Subasic is yet to completely overcome the shock of his friend’s death. It has been most evident during the two penalty shootouts he has been involved in. Every time, before a kick, he looks skywards and says a small prayer, sometimes raising both his arms, as if wanting to embrace Custic. Beneath the Croatia jersey, he wears a t-shirt with Custic’s picture on it. “I decided that from then on, I would always wear his picture under my shirt. Every game to the end of my career,” Subasic, now 33, said recently. “I did it for Zadar, for Hajduk Split, now at Monaco in the Champions League and Europa League, and here in Russia.”"
America makes England great again
Gaurav Bhatt talks about the strategies and tactics of England coach Gareth Southgate in this World Cup:
The turnaround from dead ball situations is down to the think-tank of Southgate, Russell and even assistant manager Steve Holland, who spent six years as a coach with Chelsea, club that regularly ranks in the top five for set-piece goals in the Premier League. “We’d identified them as key in tournaments, and an element we felt we could improve upon,” said Southgate. “No matter how much you control the play at both ends, set plays are really important.” hat you can score from set pieces however is no breaking news. Graham Taylor trained his England team till the players fell over. Bobby Robson would often remind his players at Newcastle that “there is always one dope who falls asleep” to take advantage of. But the revelation with Southgate’s England is how well the routines work when they are Americanised a bit."
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England look to keep World Cup dream alive against Croatia
Natasha Singh gives a preview of the second semifinal clash between England and Croatia:
"Southgate, who was in the last England side that reached the semifinal of their last major tournament (Euro 1996), has carried a young and vibrant team to Russia but worked his charm with the players ahead of the World Cup. England hosts the richest football league in the world – English Premier League – but has somehow failed to carry those building blocks to the international stage. And to change this, Southgate had to change how his boys think."
"Southgate has tactical decisions to make ahead of the crucial semifinal whether to accommodate an extra holding midfielder in Eric Dier who might prove useful to nullify Luka Modric’s threat. Otherwise, England have no fitness issues going into the last-four."
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Croatia vs England Live
The stage is set for an intense semifinal clash between Croatia and England as the two teams look to book a date with France in the final of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. It is for the first time since 1998 that Croatia have reached the semifinal, while for England, the wait was longer. They last reached the semifinal in 1990. Croatia have never reached the World Cup final, but England did it back in the year 1966 when they went on to win the trophy. Both the teams have history on the line, and it is expected to be a roller coaster ride.