Offbeat Croatia ends England's World Cup dream in extra time, will face France in final

00:10  12 july  2018
00:10  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

  Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies England captain Harry Kane could not hide his desperate disappointment after his side's 2-1 extra-time defeat against Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Moscow on Wednesday. "We're gutted. It hurts, it hurts a lot," Kane said after the match at the Luzhniki Stadium."It's going to hurt for a while of course. We can hold our heads up high. It's been a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone else thought we would have," he added.Playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, England took a fifth-minute lead through Kieran Trippier's superb free-kick.

Croatia have crushed England ’ s World Cup dream with a 2-1 extra - time victory in their semi- final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. England made a dream start with Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute free-kick securing a 1-0 lead.

MOSCOW — England saw its best chance of ending several generations’ worth of World Cup pain slip away on Wednesday night, as Croatia fought back for a 2-1 win in extra time , securing a spot against France in Sunday’ s final .

Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018  Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal                       REUTERS/Darren Staples © REUTERS/Darren Staples Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal REUTERS/Darren Staples

MOSCOW (AP) -- Croatia is 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.

BOX SCORE: CROATIA 2, ENGLAND 1

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.

England had been trying to reach its first World Cup final since winning its only title in 1966.

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Fans rush the field during one of the most thrilling segments of the World Cup Final and stop play .
Fans rushed the field during the World Cup Final on Sunday, momentarily stopping play. Several fans rushed the field during the second half of the World Cup Final between France and Croatia on Sunday, momentarily stopping play.

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