Sports Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1

00:30  12 july  2018
00:30  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semis

  Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semis Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semisCenter back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

Croatia beat England 2 - 1 in the World Cup semi-final match. Croatia will head to the World Cup finals for the first time ever. The first - time finalists will face France on Sunday.

Mario Mandžukić strikes extra- time killer blow to wreck England 's 'coming home' dreams and send Croatia into World Cup final. Ultimately, Croatia made it through, recovering from a brutal first half to forge a path to victory by a score of 2 - 1 in extra time .

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MOSCOW - When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.

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

Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

  England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0 England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final.

Croatia beat England 2 - 1 on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals, earning a trip to the final in a first in the country's history. England had been trying to reach its first World Cup final since winning its only title in 1966. This is a developing story and will be updated.

England will face Croatia in the semi-finals of World Cup 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday. 02:08 IST: Mandzukic's 109th-minute goals hands Croatia 2 - 1 win over England . Croatia , who have reached the final for the first time in history, will now meet France in final on July

Defender Sime Vrsaljko kept the score even by heading a shot off the goal line about 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute. Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute.

But football will not be coming home, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard.

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Soccer-France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftime .
Soccer-France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftimeFrance took the lead when Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner over England in the semi-final, inadvertently headed home an Antoine Griezmann free-kick in the 18th minute for the first own goal in a World Cup final.

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