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Thursday, 12 July 2018 - 10:10
Croatia ends England’s dream run at Fifa WC
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England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonizing end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.
 
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.
 
Gareth Southgate's side - playing England's first semi-final since they were beaten on penalties by West Germany at Italia 90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, but Perisic's 68th-minute equalizer sent the match into extra time.
 
England's players were inconsolable at the final whistle as the dream was snatched away and they can take great pride and credit from this World Cup - but the pain was etched on their faces as well as that of manager Southgate.
 
Croatia, in sharp contrast, were jubilant and will now face France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

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