England vs. Croatia final score, recap: Cinderella run continues as Croatia reaches first World Cup final
By Roger Gonzalez 2h ago • 2 min read

England fell one win short of its goal of reaching the World Cup final, surrendering a 1-0 lead in Wednesday’s semifinal against Croatia. The Croatians rallied from behind to win 2-1 in extra time thanks to a goal from Mario Mandzukic. Croatia’s dream continues into Sunday’s final against France. Croatia, with one of the smallest population in this tournament at 4.171 million, is off to the World Cup final for the first time in team history. Before this, Croatia’s best finish was third place in France 1998, its first-ever World Cup appearance.

With Croatia playing in its third consecutive extra time match, the team somehow dug deep and found the energy needed to fight off the Three Lions, who looked more tired and fell asleep on the winning goal.

A goal in the second half from Ivan Perisic forced extra time, and Mandzukic’s strike destroyed England’s dream run short, as a team that surpassed expectations and has a bright future failed to really play well after the break. Croatia controlled the ball in the middle, and the experience showed, as it out-shot England 22-11 and completed over 100 passes more in the match.

Croatia was forced to overcome a poor start to the match after England took the lead in the opening minutes on a beautiful goal from Kevin Trippier off a set piece:

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