Croatia beats England to qualify for their first World Cup final

Josip Pivaric of Croatia celebrates his Fifa World Cup semifinal win over England

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made one change from the side which beat Russian Federation on Saturday with Marcelo Brozovic coming in for Andrej Kramaric.Croatia got off to the worst possible start when in just the 5th minute Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick to the top right corner from just outside the box to give England a 1-0 lead.

Indeed, after getting to the tournament's final four, after reversing a disgusting penalty shootout history, in its round-of-16 win over Colombia, there's a sense of optimism in England about this young, talented and appealing team. Before the game, Lovren was asked about Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur in October, when he was terrorised by Harry Kane and substituted after 31 minutes. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't".

Croatia had 45 minutes to keep their World Cup dream alive but with Modric well contained, and Strinic and Vrsaljko forced into playing long balls, an equaliser look like it would be hard to come by. I don't think realistically we expected to be here, but once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life, ' the England boss said.

For Croatia, it's on the brink of arguably the most shocking World Cup title run in modern history.

He then added, per The Times" Joseph Cassinelli: "My motto has always been "do your talking on the pitch.' We're in the final and they can now go sunbathing if they wish". "They have to use this experience for benefit and I know that what´s happened over the last few weeks will make them a stronger team".

However, due to the fact they took the lead and because this wasn't a Brazil or a Germany they were facing in the semi-finals, there will always be a question of 'what if...' about this tournament.

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It was heartbreak for England, but joy for those who backed Croatia at a high of [40.0] to win in extra-time in the Method of Victory market.

However, they have taken a gruelling route to the final and the French will be warm favourites.

"They should be more humble and respect more opponents". Midfielder Perisic was outstanding in the second half and caused England no end of problems.

The Three Lions can be proud of their performance at this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

As well as scoring, Perisic also hit the post for the second straight game and set up Mandzukic's victor, heading a poor clearance toward the Juventus striker to score.

Winger Ivan Perisic levelled scores on the 67th minute after a great cross from defender Sime Vrsaljko.

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