Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

England vs. Croatia final score, recap

Ante Rebic- The 24-year-old is a nuisance down the right and got on the scoresheet in Croatia’s 3-0 thrashing of Argentina GETTY Ante Rebic- The 24-year-old is a nuisance down the right and got on the scoresheet in Cro
Charles Bowen | 12 July, 2018, 14:30

Following a clinical 1-0 win over Belgium in Tuesday's semi-final, Didier Deschamps' men have played a staggering 90 fewer minutes than their opponents in the knockout rounds.

Croatia completed an impressive comeback against Gareth Southgate's side after Kieran Trippier opened the scoring in only the 5th minute at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Croatia fans in Zagreb gave their side's progression to the World Cup final a fiery reception. It is highly unlikely the first trophy in your career is going to be the World Cup. Joska Jelicic, Croatia's self-styled answer to Gary Lineker, added: "They [England] have nothing to cry about - they were knocked out by the future world champions".

In the first-half time and again Henderson just got himself in front of Modric enough to stop him opening England up.

England held on despite losing their nerve, but Croatia broke them down once against in injury time when Mario Mandzukic grabbed the victor.

'We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything, ' said Ivan Kecerin, 41.

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After a goalless first 15 minutes of extra-time, and penalties looking like a big possibility, it was Croatia that ended England's dream of World Cup glory when Mario Mandzukic crept it at the far post to fire home what would ultimately be the victor.

Meanwhile, England captain Kane struggled to hide his pain, as he admitted his team-mates failed to make the most of their chances to extend their adventure in Russian Federation.

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

But the Three Lions struggled to dominate for much of the game, with Croatia in possession most of the time. "It hurts a lot, [and will hurt] for a while". We have gone further than most people thought we should and we have to try and learn from it. Croatia have hardened warriors whose understanding of big matches at times came to the fore.

"We were motivated and what I told these players before the game was "there's no pressure, no nerves, don't lose your head - you've reached the semi-final, be proud and enjoy your football".

"They played well and made it hard for us, but this feels like a missed opportunity". "We have two days to prepare and we'll want to give a performance of huge pride".

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