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    Croatia vs England

    2018 FIFA World Cup, Semi-Final

    Luzhniki Stadium
    Croatia England
    1 SCORE 1
    2 EXTRA-TIME 1

    Match result

    Croatia seemed nervous at the back from get-go with Luka Modric giving away a free kick from a dangerous area early on.

    It allowed England to get off the perfect start as Kieran Trippier’s free kick curled away from the goal keeper and into the top corner.

    It had only been five minutes but a fatigued Croatian side were chasing the game.

    England could have put them away in the first half via two clear-cut chances from Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard.

    But neither man was able to put the ball into the net from positions where they really should have scored – especially Kane who was through on goal.

    England rued those early chances as Croatia dominated the second half.

    They got the goal they deserved, Sime Vrsaljko’s ball into the box found Ivan Perisic who directed the ball into the net with his boot.

    Perisic nearly put his ahead but his shot hit the inside off the post.

    Neither side could find a breakthrough and the game went to extra-time.

    It was in the second period of extra-time that there was a breakthrough, with Mario Mandzukic pouncing on Perisic’s header over the English defence to put the Croats up with just minutes remaining.

    It was enough to put them over the line as Croatia booked a final spot against France.

    Full time

    *Extra-time

    Croatia* 1 (2)
    England 1 (1)

    Match preview

    Croatia and England face-off in the second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the winner advancing to the final to take on France. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 4am (AEST).

    After an impressive run in the group stage, including a 3-nil win over Argentina, Croatia have slowed down considerably.

    Their two knockout games, against Denmark and Russia, both ended via penalty shootout.

    Having played more than 240 minutes of football in two games, taking on a fit English side will be big ask. They’ve also just sacked coaching assistant Ognjen Vukojevic for a political chant over social media.

    Key man Luka Modric has played well for his side but he’s going to need his teammates to step up.

    England’s only loss thus far this tournament came in the group stages, against Belgium, but both nations were playing weaker teams as they had already qualified for the knockout phase.

    However you can only beat the opponent that’s in front of you and England have been doing precisely that.

    A shootout win over Colombia in the Round of 16, followed by a 2-nil win over Sweden in the quarters showed that the Three Lions can win under pressure and also beat teams professionally.

    Harry Kane leads the World Cup goal tally, with six, and it’s increasingly looking like he will win the Golden Boot.

    Prediction
    Croatia are having internal problems, have issues at home, and have played a lot more minutes of football.

    If a fit England side take the game to the Croats, they should book a spot in the finals.

    Croatia 0-1 England

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    • 3:40pm
      Kurt said | 3:40pm | ! Report

      As I said, weak as p*as. Big man until confronted then backs away. Same as always Anon.

      • Roar Pro

        7:03pm
        anon said | 7:03pm | ! Report

        Your country did well for a footballing minnow.

        Half an hour from a World Cup Final but they lost their bottle.

    • 9:29am
      TB said | 9:29am | ! Report

      Great effort by Gareth Southgate as Manager to get the National team into the semi-finals. When the emotion subsides Gareth will realise that the National Team still needs plenty of work to do to match it with the big guns. The real challenges England faced at Russia were against Belgium and Croatia and they failed at both attempts. Beating lesser ranked nations from South America and Africa were expected. It’s the big boys they need to beat. Their world ranking will rise as will their expectations but until such time they get a major scalp, they won’t really have proved anything.

    • Roar Rookie

      7:22am
      Stevo said | 7:22am | ! Report

      It’s handy to be able to score from open play. Well done Croatia.

    • 7:02am
      Kangas said | 7:02am | ! Report

      Really good comeback by Croatia, deserved winners

      England lack the creativity ball player still , but an excellent tournament .

      • Roar Pro

        7:17am
        anon said | 7:17am | ! Report

        People complain about the number of foreigners in the EPL, but watching the English team it makes sense.

    • Roar Pro

      6:46am
      anon said | 6:46am | ! Report

      Hahahaha classic England.

      There’s something about Croatians and the Balkans people. There’s such a mental strength, toughness and pride about them.

      They had to sacrifice blood in recent history just to exist today. It shows.

      • 6:58am
        Kurt said | 6:58am | ! Report

        Good to see your profound ignorance of AFL is matched by your cluelessness of soccer too. England came to the WC with a young inexperienced squad and exceeded the nation’s hopes and expectations. And in the end they were beaten by a better team. Good luck to Croatia in the final.

        • Roar Pro

          7:04am
          anon said | 7:04am | ! Report

          You’ll get ’em next time, champ.

          The reality in this campaign is that Colombia choked in the shootout, England had an easy group stage. Shouldn’t have got passed the round of 16 really.

          To go up 1-0 and then blow it. You have to call it a choke. Had one shot on target all game. England got nervous, parked the bus, blew up in their face.

          Well done to the Croats.

          • 1:36pm
            Kurt said | 1:36pm | ! Report

            Weak as p*ss. Nothing from you until after the final whistle, that’s not banter that’s just being a gutless little child. no doubt you’ll be claiming you predicted the result next. Seriously, this whole site would be better without your nasty little presence, go away.

            • Roar Pro

              2:00pm
              anon said | 2:00pm | ! Report

              ‘Ave it, son

              Just a bit of friendly banter.

    • 6:43am
      P.Marlowe said | 6:43am | ! Report

      A bit similar to the Colombia game, England sort of stopped playing from about the 50 minute mark. Barely got away with it in that game. Lack of midfielders who could put their foot on the ball was the difference.

      • 7:02am
        lunchboxexpert said | 7:02am | ! Report

        Will be interesting to see how England v Belgium game goes. This was one of the main games I was looking forward to in the group stages that didn’t really eventuate.

    • Roar Guru

      6:41am
      Isaac Nowroozi said | 6:41am | ! Report

      Thank you to everyone who joined The Roar for this live blog, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

    • 6:40am
      Redondo said | 6:40am | ! Report

      Croatia thoroughly deserved that.

    • 6:40am
      jameswm said | 6:40am | ! Report

      Football is not coming home

      • Roar Pro

        6:55am
        anon said | 6:55am | ! Report

        The English football team is coming home. First flight out of Moscow hehehe

    • 6:39am
      KenoathCarnt said | 6:39am | ! Report

      Lol what is comming home?

      • 6:40am
        jameswm said | 6:40am | ! Report

        The usual feeling…

        • Roar Pro

          6:47am
          anon said | 6:47am | ! Report

          Our Harry didn’t have the bottle eh

          • 6:59am
            Kurt said | 6:59am | ! Report

            W*nker

            • Roar Pro

              7:15am
              anon said | 7:15am | ! Report

              Just some friendly banter, matey.

              England will learn from this experience. Lick their wounds for four years. Harry Kane might be the next Ronaldo in four years time.

              He didn’t rise to the occasion. Largely anonymous. I’ve heard a lot of hype about him the last few weeks but bottled it tonight.

              Still young. Always a chance to be the next Ronaldo.

              England probably won’t get such a favourable draw next time. Planets aligned this campaign, but they couldn’t take advantage of it when it counted unfortunately (for England supporters).

        • 7:01am
          Kurt said | 7:01am | ! Report

          Nope, completely wrong. English supporters are thrilled at the performance of this team and this loss to a better more experienced team won’t change that.

    • Roar Guru

      6:39am
      Isaac Nowroozi said | 6:39am | ! Report

      Croatia seemed nervous at the back from get-go with Luka Modric giving away a free kick from a dangerous area early on.

      It allowed England to get off the perfect start as Kieran Trippier’s free kick curled away from the goal keeper and into the top corner.

      It had only been five minutes but a fatigued Croatian side were chasing the game.

      England could have put them away in the first half via two clear-cut chances from Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard.

      But neither man was able to put the ball into the net from positions where they really should have scored – especially Kane who was through on goal.

      England rued those early chances as Croatia dominated the second half.

      They got the goal they deserved, Sime Vrsaljko’s ball into the box found Ivan Perisic who directed the ball into the net with his boot.

      Perisic nearly put his ahead but his shot hit the inside off the post.

      Neither side could find a breakthrough and the game went to extra-time.

      It was in the second period of extra-time that there was a breakthrough, with Mario Mandzukic pouncing on Perisic’s header over the English defence to put the Croats up with just minutes remaining.

      It was enough to put them over the line as Croatia booked a final spot against France.

      Full time

      *Extra-time

      Croatia* 1 (2)
      England 1 (1)

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