Croatia beats England to qualify for their first World Cup final

Peter Crouch celebrates after pulling England level

The Croatia manager was upbeat over his sides performance and said their high press on the England backline closed down John Stone and Henderson, nullifying their movement.

Croatia will play France in the World Cup final after they beat England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday thanks to a Mario Mandzukic goal in the second period of extra-time.

Croatia's exhausted and battered players set their sights on the World Cup final against France on Thursday as England reflected on a missed opportunity to end more than half a century of pain.

It was suggested before the game, by Business Insider and even Croatian reporters on Federation Internationale de Football Association, that Croatia would be encumbered because of the back-to-back extra-time matches it had to play ahead of the England game.

"For Croatian football and Croatia as a country, this is history being written".

This group, however, have gone one better and will get the chance to avenge the defeat of 20 years ago when they face the French on Sunday back at the same Luzhniki Stadium.

As a result, Croatia are through to their first ever World Cup final.

"We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998", said midfielder Ivan Rakitic. "God willing, we will be world champions".

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England, rallying for 2-1 victory Wednesday.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute.

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"I can't ask any more of them than what the players and staff have given".

The Daily Mail posted an image of Southgate and Harry Kane with the caption: "Yes, it all ended in tears".

A lot of people are now taking to Twitter to try and start a petition for a rematch - yeah, that's nearly definitely not going to happen. But Ivan Perisic equalized in the 68th after getting his foot to ball before England defender Kyle Walker could head it away.

England continued to dominate for the first half, missing chances to add to their lead before the break.

"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games".

"The all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long-balls upfield", Vrsaljko said.

"This is a miracle".

Daily Star kept it really short and simple: a photo of Southgate with the caption "You did us proud", while Daily Star went a step ahead to thank the team for the dream.

"Tonight we weren´t quite there but we will learn from that".

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