Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

England crashes out of World Cup, and it's not coming home

England crashes out of World Cup, and it's not coming home

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England, rallying for 2-1 victory Wednesday.

England almost scored again in extra time on a set piece when Stones' header was cleared off the line by Sime Vrsaljko.

Promise seemed about to be fulfilled when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick in the fifth minute for his first global goal, above leaping Dejan Lovren and Mandzukic and past the desperate dive of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Croatia began the second half with much more intent, and they were rewarded when Perisic lifted his boot in front of Kyle Walker's head to snatch the equalizer.

Despite heading towards extra time, England put up a good fight but could not face up to their Croatian opponents, coming so close to achieving their first World Cup final place since the glorious win in 1966.

Kane had lead England to their first World Cup semi-final since the Italia '90 tournament 28 years ago, and in doing so scored a record amount of goals.

With Croatia playing in its third consecutive extra time match, the team somehow dug deep and found the energy needed to fight off the Three Lions, who looked more exhausted and fell asleep on the winning goal.

The result of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia was always going to be historic.

Croatia takes on France for the World Cup on Sunday in Moscow, while England and host country Russian Federation play Saturday for third place. "We have had a fantastic journey, further than we thought", he added. I thought they played well and made it hard for us. We should have killed the game even before extra-time.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren lasted just 31 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur during the Reds' 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Spurs last October.

"We're gutted", said Harry Kane, still on course to finish as the tournament's top goalscorer with six strikes in Russian Federation.

The Juventus forward scored the victor in the 109th minute to send the tiny country of just 4 million people to their first-ever World Cup final, and couldn't say enough about the historic achievement after the match.

Croatia's previous best showing at the World Cup was a semifinal final loss against France in 1998. England is also one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that.

No penalty shootout was needed, though, as Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic struck a killer blow late in the game to break England's hearts. Less than five minutes were on the clock when Kieran Trippier curled a delicious free-kick past the helpless Danijel Subasic.

"It's been great to get to this stage and we know we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it". You see all the fans out in the park to see them. "The boys - and their manager - are a credit to the shirt and the country, I'm extremely proud of them".

Croatia fans freaked out after Ivan Perisic tied the game at 1-1 too.

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