Russia 2018: Croatia qualify for their first final with win over England

By Mutala Yakubu
Croatia beat England in Russia 2018
Croatia beat England in Russia 2018

Croatia beat England 2-1 in the second semifinal of the Russia 2018 World Cup to qualify for the final.

Both sides were confident going into the game and England had an early breakthrough.

Dele Alli was brought down on the edge of the Croatian penalty box which resulted in a free kick.

Tottenham right-back Keiran Trippier curled in a magnificent freekick to give England the lead in the 5th minute of the game.

Croatia came back strong from that point and attacked England who were playing a bit deep.

England perhaps should have scored a second goal on the 36th minute but Jesse Lingard put his effort wide.

England held on the lead till the first half.

Croatia upped their game in the second half and were finally rewarded with a goal in the 68th minute.

Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic rose above Walker to tap home a cross from Vrsaljko to make it 1-1.

Lots of chances fell in the path of Croatia but the game ended 1-1 and had to decided in extra time.

Croatia got the all-important second goal in the 109 minute of extra time.

Madzukic latched onto a stray pass in the England penalty area and calmly beat Pickford to make it 2-1 to Croatia.

Read also:Russia 2018: France into final after edging Belgium 1-0

The Croatian played steadily in defence as they qualify for their first final which they will play France on Sunday, July 15.

Belgium also plays England in the 3rd place game on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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