Croatia beats England 2-1 in extra time

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109' GOAL! Croatia 2-1 England: Maaaaaaandzukic!

Did you know? Croatia are the first team to come from behind in three straight knockout stage matches to advance at the World Cup.

Kieran Trippier curled home a fifth minute free-kick that would have made his idol David Beckham proud.

The biggest winners of the night could well be France, who have had an extra day's rest for Sunday's final after edging out Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

The Inter Milan man's effort off the woodwork was the closest either side came to taking the lead before the 90 minutes were up, meaning England faced a second period of extra time at Russian Federation 2018 - with Croatia undertaking a third consecutive additional 30 minutes. Fortunes favored the Croatians in the previous meetings, with goalkeeping howlers from both Paul Robinson and Scott Carson responsible for a pair of separate defeats in 2006 and 2007 - the latter of which forced former England coach Steve McClaren out of his job.

Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores the winning goal against England in Moscow.

Ivan Perisic worked tirelessly throughout the 120 minutes, and his goal sparked a Croatian comeback.

The Juventus striker pounced after Ivan Perisic had headed the ball towards the six yard box, and sent Pickford the wrong way with a composed finish.

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The first half could hardly have gone any better. Mandzukic is a nightmare to play against, as Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker found out. The ball popped up and Perisic outjumped Tripper to head the ball behind the defence.

Four minutes later, Perisic hit Pickford's near post.

England scored nine goals from set pieces at this tournament, the most by any team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966. You can't switch off for even a moment in this game, especially if you're a defender, or pro sharpshooters like Perisic and Mandzukic will make you pay in a heartbeat.

They gifted England a huge amount of space in midfield and allowed wing-backs Ashley Young and Trippier to push forward and provide options.

Kane had a chance to double the lead in the 30th minute when Subasic made a sliding save on his short-range shot and Kane's follow-up effort from the end line hit the post and bounced off the keeper and up as the flag went up. His chief task on Wednesday will be to limit the space afforded to the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier, who have opened up rival defences in Russian Federation with their clever runs and interplay.

It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and objective as England lost its shape and composure, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.

Croatia have an experienced squad and will go into the match with the belief of going the distance.

Hero of a last-16 penalty shootout against Colombia and man-of-the-match against Sweden in the quarter-finals, Pickford spread himself brilliantly to deny Mario Mandzukic in the final minute of the first-half of extra time.

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