Croatia will face France in the final of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow after scraping past England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday.
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.
England made an electric start with Kieran Trippier’s early goal and for a large period of the game looked good value to book their passage to the final for the first time since 1966, but Croatia somehow battled through their apparent jadedness and tamed the Three Lions, Mandzukic landing the decisive blow.
Gareth Southgate consistently downplayed the euphoria in his team in the build-up, and for a while England gave every indication they were going to take charge of their own destiny, as Trippier found the net with a delightful free-kick in the fifth minute.
However, the dream of England to reach the Russia 2018 Final was stopped with two goals from Croatia that knocked out the three lions.