England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

12 July, 2018, 05:43 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli celebrates scoring the opening goal with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane during the English Premier League football

The emotion and joy were evident to see on the faces of the Croatian players as the full-time whistle went in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

As England stalled it was Croatia who produced the powerful late surge to win through goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic, showing strength nearly beyond reason given their World Cup exertions.

Despite a valiant effort, the team will come home without the Jules Rimet trophy after losing the semi final 2-1 to Croatia.

In the end, it was not to be, though amid the disappointment there was also a feeling that the tournament was still something to savour, the first such World Cup for a long time.

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) in a statement on Tuesday said it had revoked Vukojevic's accreditation at the World Cup and relieved him of his duties as an associate of the Croatia coaching staff.

"They haven't been there for 28 years".

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half, bottle jobs".

But Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, felt the team had done the nation proud.


Many England fans were waiting for the result of the semi-final before shelling out.

"70 minutes we battered them". "But when you're in charge of the game and have the chances we had, you have to take a second goal at that point".

Rhys Masters, from Southbourne, said: "This is the best squad we've had since I've been watching England".

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters.

"I was in Nice to watch us lose to Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy. We will try to make sure that we put everything on our side". They've done everything wrong and I wrote an article at some point in the past month, days don't matter anymore about teams that are successful at World Cups and teams that win World Cups and look to copy them and look at them as blueprints going forward.

He added; "I think it's going to be very tight, Croatia are not going to be a pushover, by any means".

"It was a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone thought we could, we've just got to learn from it".

A day after France advanced to Sunday's final in Moscow with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, the focus of the tournament is now turning to the other semi-final game, England against Croatia in Moscow.

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