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Croatia braves English fight to qualify for World Cup final

By Reuters | Published Wed, July 11th 2018 at 23:48, Updated July 11th 2018 at 23:54 GMT +3
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring their second goal. [Photo/Reuters]

Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time after an extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic gave them a 2-1 win over England in their semi-final on Wednesday.

Ivan Perisic headed the ball into the area, the England defence hesitated and Mandzukic drove his finish past keeper Jordan Pickford with 11 minutes of extra time left to earn them a place in Sunday’s final against France.

England got off to a flying start when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick after five minutes to put them ahead and they looked more dangerous throughout the first half.

Croatia took control after halftime and hit back when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.


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