Saint Petersburg: In world cup history Croatia scratches final in world cup for the first time.
Croatia beat England 2-1 in extra-time after match was tied 1-1 at full-time, to reach their first-ever FIFA World Cup.
England’s World Cup dream perished in cruel fashion in the Luzhniki Stadium. Gareth Southgate’s men just couldn’t take the final step into Sunday’s final as their first appearance in the last four for 28 years was ended by extra-time heartbreak.
The Three Lions led for over an hour thanks to Kieran Tripper’s brilliant early free-kick.
But Ivan Perisic saved Croatia with a volleyed equaliser midway through the second half, before and Mario Mandzukic’s clinical finish broke English hearts in the early minutes of the second half of extra-time.
England must now try to raise themselves for the play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday.