Croatia 2-1 England: Mandzukic sends his team into first final

Trippier opened the scoring but Croatia came from behind to beat the Three Lions

Mandzukic culminó la remontada croata en la prórroga
Mandzukic culminó la remontada croata en la prórroga | AFP

Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner saw Croatia edge England 2-1 to reach the World Cup final against France.

David Rubio

MATCH FACTS

MUNDIAL DE RUSIA 2018

CRO

2-1

ING

CROACIA, 2

Subasic (p.), Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic (Pivaric, 94'), Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic (Kramaric, 102'), Modric (Badelj, 118'), Perisic y Mandzukic (Corluka, 115').

INGLATERRA, 1

Pickford (p.), Walker (Vardy, 110'), Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson (Dier, 97'), Dele Ali, Ashley Young (Rose, 91'), Sterling (Rashford, 73') y Kane.

GOLES

0-1, Trippier transforma con maestría una falta cometida por Modric sobre Dele Ali (5'); 1-1, Perisic se adelanta con la el pie en alto al intento de despeje con la cabeza de Maguire (68'); 2-1, Mandzukic sentencia aprovechando una cesión con la cabeza de Perisic (109').

ÁRBITRO

Cuneyt Cakir (Turquía). Mostró tarjeta amarilla a los croatas Mandzukic (48') y Rebic (96'); y al inglés Walker (54').

INCIDENCIAS

Segunda semifinal del Mundial de Rusia 2018 disputada en el Estadio Luzhniki de Moscú ante 78.011 espectadores.

England had started brilliantly when Kieran Tripper curled home a 5th minute free-kick, but gave up momentum and sat deeper and deeper and Croatia recovered to punish them.

Ivan Perisic struck in the 68th minute and Mandzukic in the 109th, deep in extra-time, to fire Croatia in the final for the first time.

“It’s tough. We’re gutted, you know. We worked so hard,” said England striker Harry Kane, who missed a fine chance at 1-0 up.

“The fans were amazing. It was a tough game, a 50-50 game. I’m sure there was stuff we could have done better, but we worked as hard as we could.

“It hurts, it’ll hurt for a while, but we can hold our heads up high. It was a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone thought we could, we’ve just got to learn from it.”

1966 champions England were in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990 but just as they did in that tournament, fell after the 90 minutes was up.

Luka Modric led the charge for Croatia, who equalised when Perisic beat Kyle Walker to the ball and nudged home.

Perisic then hit the post as Croatia kept threatening and even though Sime Vrsjalko headed John Stones’s effort off the line, it was not a surprise when Mandzukic drilled home what proved to be the winner.

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