A history was made in World Cup 2018 semifinal when Croatia making their way into the tournament’s final for the first time ever after eliminating England 2-1 via extra time.
Both teams were eagerly dreaming of reaching that final stage, triggering an exciting encounter in which seems to be heading into Three Lions direction when they found themselves one goal up after just five minutes through Kieran Trippier’s free kick.
That early goal provided England with that bit of confidence as they look to control proceedings more and minimizing Vatreni’s attacking play.
Gareth Southgate’s solid play were able to hold off Croatia during the first 45 minutes, though there’s also a notable tiredness from Zlatko Dalic’s men as they have been playing 120 minutes of football twice in a row.
Despite of their physical condition, Dalic’s men continue to push hard for an equalizer in the second half and their relentless effort finally paid off when Ivan Perisic netted home on 68 to make it 1-1.
That equalizing goal suddenly put Three Lions on the rope as they started to get panic defensively and conceding couple of dangerous goal scoring opportunities for Croatia, which the Balkan based side failed to convert.
The game eventually went to another 2 x 15 minutes of extra time, creating another dramatic encounter which both sides trying to push for that winning goal using each others’ tiredness.
No goals were scored during the first 15 minutes, but in the second extra time, it was Croatia that got the all important break through as their aggressive display during that period reaped its reward.
A defensive error from England’s defense allowed Mario Mandzukic a free space inside the penalty area and the Juventus’ striker didn’t waste that golden opportunity to put his team in front.
Chasing the game, Three Lions looking really desperate and couldn’t construct any proper attacking moves and eventually have to surrender their dream of winning the World Cup as Croatia hold their slender lead until the final whistle was blown.