Did England attempt to score while Croatia celebrated second goal?

Clyde Nash
July 13, 2018

England led after a superb Kieran Trippier free kick five minutes in but they were made pay for their failure to convert further chances by Ivan Perisic's second-half strike and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't". Despite the disappointment for England, The Times's expert panel was not short of some trenchant views on the country's most important night for 28 years - or to be precise 10,234 days.

Croatia can be backed at [3.0] to win the World Cup on Sunday, while opponents France are the strong favourites at [1.5].

Dead-ball situations once again played their part but were not the deciding factor for England and ultimately the "Love Train", as Glenn Hoddle has labelled it, was derailed.

"We showed again that we were not exhausted - we dominated the game mentally and physically".

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"It hurts, it hurts a lot".

But the Three Lions struggled to dominate for much of the game, with Croatia in possession most of the time. I think knockout football is about fine margins and when you have good spells against fine sides you need to take your chances.

The Three Lions can be proud of their performance at this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Mandzukic's movement was also a constant challenge for England's back three and John Stones, in particular, did not look as composed as he has done in previous games.

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Croatia's papers celebrated their history-makers - as well as suggesting, like Luka Modric did, that England had underestimated their talents.

After scoring the second goal at 108 minutes, the players piled into the photographers' pit and landed on top of an unfortunate AFP snapper by the name of Yuri Yurisky - who, to his credit, continued shooting despite being mobbed (and kissed by Croatian player Vida).

Croatia started the find their range as the second half wore on and Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko's cross past a diving Jordan Pickford.

England players were inconsolable at the final whistle as it began to sink in that the World Cup was not "coming home" and Balotelli appeared to revel in their misery. They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final.

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She knows what she has to do, and she took a big step Saturday. "To be honest, I got less nervous during the playoff", she said. Ryu is playing with plenty of confidence after collecting her first win of 2018 at the Meijer Classic two weeks ago.

Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike completed a battling turnaround as Croatia beat England 2-1 in Moscow to reach the World Cup final for the first time in their history.

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