History-maker Mandzukic sends Croatia into first Final

Ivan Perisic worked tirelessly throughout the 120 minutes, and his goal sparked a Croatian comeback.

England had their fans dreaming of a berth in the final when Kieran Trippier curled a fifth-minute free kick into the Croatia net. His extra-time cross for Mandzukic also created havoc for England, with the delivery nearly creating a goal.

"He was a constant threat to Sweden, of course he hasn't scored the goals he would have liked to have scored but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way that we have been playing", he said.

As well as scoring, Perisic also hit the post for the second straight game and set up Mandzukic's victor, heading a poor clearance toward the Juventus striker to score.

Croatia ruthlessly exposed England's limitations in the second half of the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday as Zlatko Dalic's side fought back to secure a famous 2-1 extra-time victory.

Despite their absence, the brothers are rooting for their home team to claim the winning trophy in England's game against Croatia.

Instead, they were forced to adopt a backs-to-the-wall approach for the last quarter of the game and didn't manage a single shot on target in the second half.

For all of the hype around England, they have yet to come up against one of the really big guns at the World Cup.

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In reality, I may have left out the most important key battle- the one at the penalty spot.

Stars of the music industry were full of praise for Gareth Southgate and his youthful team's performance over the tournament.

England haven't beaten two European nations at a World Cup since 1982, when they beat Czechoslovakia and France.

England's last, and only, World Cup victory was in 1966.

In allowing the game to slip, this young England team finally showed their naivety. Only Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard have scored on every day of the week for England.

In this picture, England's coach Gareth Southgate gestures during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Trippier joins Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker as an English semi-final scorer.

"We've come an incredible long way in a short space of time. It's supposed to be fun, isn't it?" A privilege to have covered their run at the World Cup.

Other potential teams in the top 4 included Belgium, Uruguay, Portugal, Colombia and Argentina.

Croatia had already gone into extra time in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals, prevailing on penalty kicks on both occasions.

Vanessa Coleman

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