Croatia beat England 2-1 after extra-time, will play France in World Cup final
Croatia advanced to the final of the FIFA World Cup after coming back from 0-1 down to defeat England 2-1 in extra-time in the semi-final on Wednesday.
England took the lead only five minutes into the game, thanks to a spectacular free-kick from wing-back Kieran Trippier.
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But despite dominating the first half, England couldn’t extend their lead, and the first half ended 1-0.
The English lead didn’t last beyond the 68th minute, however, as Croatia attacker Ivan Perisic lunged ahead of his marker to make it 1-1.
The match then went to extra-time, and Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic gave his team the lead 19 minutes in, running onto a headed pass from earlier goalscorer Perisic and smashing a low drive past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
England had 11 minutes to try and equalize to force a penalty shootout, but they were unable to find a way past the Croatian defense.
Croatia will play France in the World Cup final on Sunday.