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England suffer emotional World Cup exit to Croatia

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England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end in the last four as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.

Perisic's volley sent the match into extra time after Kieran Trippier had given England a fifth-minute lead with a sublime free-kick.

Unfancied before the competition, Gareth Southgate's young side defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals, but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.

England, playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, got the perfect start through Trippier's brilliant free-kick and Croatia were finding it extremely difficult to deal with England's high-tempo game.

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Harry Kane could have doubled the lead but was denied by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and Jesse Lingard placed a shot wide from a good position.

Croatia grew into the game in the second half and equalised through Perisic, and the Inter Milan winger hit the post with a low drive shortly after.

In extra time John Stones saw a header cleared off the line, while Pickford made a brilliant save from Mandzukic's close range effort - but the Everton man could do nothing about the winner.

England will now play Belgium in Saturday's third/fourth place play-off in St Petersburg.

Set-piece specialists - the stats

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  • England have now been eliminated in four of their five semi-finals at major tournaments, losing each of the last four they have reached (Euro 1968 v Yugoslavia, World Cup 1990 v Germany, Euro 1996 v Germany and World Cup 2018 v Croatia).
  • Croatia have qualified for their first ever World Cup final in their fifth appearance at the World Cup finals.
  • England have lost three competitive games against Croatia (3) since the turn of the Millennium, more than any against any other nation.
  • Mario Mandzukic's winning goal was the latest goal ever conceded by England in a World Cup match (108 minutes, three seconds).
  • Kieran Trippier became the first player to score a direct free-kick for England at the World Cup since David Beckham in 2006 (against Ecuador).
  • Ivan Perisic has been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (6 goals, 4 assists), the joint-most, level with Davor Suker (9 goals, 1 assist).
  • Trippier's goal after 4 minutes and 44 seconds was the fastest goal scored in a World Cup semi-final since 1958 (Vava after two minutes for Brazil v France).
  • Croatia became the first team to play extra time in three consecutive World Cup matches since England in 1990.
  • England scored nine goals from set pieces at the 2018 World Cup - the most by a team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966.
  • Four of the five 2018 World Cup matches to go to extra time have involved either England or Croatia (the other was Spain v Russia).

More to follow.

Line-ups

Croatia

  • 23Subasic
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 6Lovren
  • 21Vida
  • 3StrinicSubstituted forPivaricat 95'minutes
  • 11Brozovic
  • 18RebicBooked at 96minsSubstituted forKramaricat 101'minutes
  • 10ModricSubstituted forBadeljat 119'minutes
  • 7Rakitic
  • 4Perisic
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 48minsSubstituted forCorlukaat 115'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 5Corluka
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 12L Kalinic
  • 13Jedvaj
  • 14Bradaric
  • 15Caleta-Car
  • 19Badelj
  • 20Pjaca
  • 22Pivaric

England

  • 1Pickford
  • 2WalkerBooked at 54minsSubstituted forVardyat 112'minutes
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 8HendersonSubstituted forDierat 97'minutes
  • 12TrippierSubstituted forat 116'minutes
  • 7Lingard
  • 20Alli
  • 18YoungSubstituted forRoseat 90'minutes
  • 9Kane
  • 10SterlingSubstituted forRashfordat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 4Dier
  • 11Vardy
  • 13Butland
  • 14Welbeck
  • 15Cahill
  • 16Jones
  • 17Delph
  • 19Rashford
  • 21Loftus-Cheek
  • 22Alexander-Arnold
  • 23Pope
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
78,011

Match Stats

Home TeamCroatiaAway TeamEngland
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home23
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Croatia 2, England 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Croatia 2, England 1.

Hand ball by Milan Badelj (Croatia).

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (England).

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Croatia).

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Milan Badelj replaces Luka Modric.

Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Domagoj Vida (Croatia).

Jordan Pickford (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Kieran Trippier went off injured after England had used all subs.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Vedran Corluka replaces Mario Mandzukic because of an injury.

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (England) because of an injury.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josip Pivaric.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Jamie Vardy replaces Kyle Walker.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Kyle Walker (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Trippier (England).

Goal!

Goal! Croatia 2, England 1. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic following a corner.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.

Second Half Extra Time begins Croatia 1, England 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Croatia 1, England 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) because of an injury.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Perisic.

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Kane (England).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Andrej Kramaric replaces Ante Rebic.

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (England).

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