Croatia crunch out England from 2018 World Cup 2-1

England are out of Russia 2018 world, beaten in extra-time by Mario Mandzukic’s goal, but not in that feeble, unreliable way that so many England teams have gone in the past.

England couldn’t make it happen in the closing minutes and Croatia, clearly exhausted, are going to the their first World Cup final.

Croatia’s second half equaliser put a fire in each side’s heart to avoid a heart-stopping semi-final shootout. England looked to lose some steam late in the piece as the rampaging Croatian forward pack continued to pressure the defence.

Croatia meanwhile, after being run ragged in the first half, were the better team for the rest of the match and deservedly make it to the final. Commiserations to England’s heroic young squad

Mario Mandzukic put Croatia in front with a crisp finish. 2-1. They will play France in Sunday’s final.

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