FIFA World Cup 2018, ENG vs CRO: From Mario Mandzukic's Goal To Harry Kane Blunder, Here Are 4 Talking Points | The Lifeline Today
New Delhi: 'It's coming home...' chants grew louder and clearer from English fans as England stood on the threshold of realising their long-awaited dream. The Three Lions were on the verge of reaching their first-ever final in 52 years, before Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal scripted their agonising defeat at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night (July 11). The 2-1 win for Croatia at the end of 120 minutes of action sent the Balkans to their first-ever World Cup final. Outclassing Sweden in the quarters, Gareth Southgate's men stepped into their first semi-final in World Cup history since 1990 Italia. For Croatia, it was the second in five World Cup appearances, 1998 being their first. England took off to a perfect start when Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick curled past a diving Subasic five minutes into the game, however, the effort was equalised by Ivan Perisic in the 68th minute taking the game into the extra time. After a tensed first period, Croatia found the