Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement. As the game entered extra-time, Jordan Pickford thought that he was going to be the hero after bravely saving at the feet of Mario Mandzukic - the Everton "keeper made his feelings known to the Juventus striker during that confrontation - but 'Super Mario" had the last laugh when he fired home the victor to send Croatia wild.
The Three Lions were off to a great start and were ahead just five minutes into the match, courtesy of a sensational free-kick from wing-back Kieran Trippier. Croatia played three straight extra-time matches - two ended in penalty kicks.
The script that said Croatia was exhausted and England would take advantage, seemed to play out early.
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They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later.
Fans translating "It's coming home" to Croatian.
Croatiaâs Mario Mandzukic celebrates at the end of the World Cup semifinal match against England at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.
Croatia continued to probe and following a lack of concentration in defence, Mario Mandzukic pounced on a lose ball and hit a left-footed strike beyond Jordan Pickford's reach.
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The boys who were rescued on Sunday were strong and safe but needed to undergo detailed medical checks, he said. Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.
"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said.
Only Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne have rivalled Trippier in terms of chances created at the World Cup, and the Tottenham defender produced his champagne moment of a breakout tournament for the 27-year-old with England's opening goal. "They played well and made it difficult for us.it's hard to put your finger of it".
"We've come an incredibly long way in a short space of time. And I don't think after the six or seven weeks we have been together, that we could have given more".
Maguire: I will continue to grow with England
Not even the England side containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.
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