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World Cup 2018 semi-finals: Croatia beats England 2-1 to advance to first-ever World Cup last

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Up to date Jul 11, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW — Croatia beat England 2-1 on Wednesday within the World Cup semi-finals, incomes a visit to the ultimate in a primary within the nation’s historical past. Mario Mandzukic scored within the 109th minute to offer the Croats a 2-1 victory over England on Wednesday.

About 10 minutes earlier than Mandzukic scored, defender Sime Vrsaljko headed a shot on track off the objective line to maintain the rating tied. 

Kieran Trippier had given England the lead by scoring from a free kick within the fifth minute. However Ivan Perisic equalized within the 68th after getting his foot to ball earlier than England defender Kyle Walker might head it away. 

England had been attempting to achieve its first World Cup last since successful its solely title in 1966. 

Croatia, the primary group in 28 years to come back from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its greatest sporting second since changing into an unbiased nation in 1991. France, which gained its solely title at house in 1998, may have an additional day of relaxation after beating Belgium 1-Zero on Tuesday. Croatia shall be coming off its third straight extra-time match. 

When the ultimate whistle blew they usually knew they had been going to their first World Cup last, the Croatians ran to their exuberant followers, leaping of their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring their second objective with teammates on July 11, 2018.

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