Croatia beats England 2-1, to meet France in final

Croatia beats England 2-1, to meet France in final

Croatia beats England 2-1, to meet France in final

"It's been a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone else thought we would have", he added.

England had looked on course for their first final since 1966 as they led through Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free kick and totally dominated the opening half.

Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match - a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

I think they could be home already if they had been in that top half of the draw, but they can only beat the teams put in front of them and while I rarely get behind England at the World Cup, I hope they get to the final and win it now.

Since that Argentina game, Croatia have done just enough to beat Iceland, Denmark and Russian Federation, but Dalic believes that is because they set up to frustrate his side, whereas England's more attacking style could suit them better.

"We are just going to stick with what we have been doing all the way through".

He told a news conference: "I don't know what to say in response to this question".

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. The Croatians and their fans will all be back on Sunday for the final, their first ever.

The second semi-final between England and Croatia will start at 6am tomorrow.

As anticipated, Southgate has kept faith with the same side that edged past Colombia in the last 16 and Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Gareth Southgate's England stars have left their Moscow hotel as the countdown to tonight's World Cup semi-final with Croatia begins.

Henderson takes "a lot of good things from the past in terms of 66 and what they achieved then" but is not getting ahead of himself given the threat posed by Croatia. Meanwhile, if you are looking for live online streaming and telecast details of Croatia vs England semifinal match then you have landed on the right page.

"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional effect of that", he said.

Zlatko Dalic's side did gradually grow into the contest, but they could still be relieved to go in at half-time only one goal down, especially as Harry Kane was denied by a combination of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and the woodwork on the half-hour mark.

Although Croatia are the most hard opponent England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate's words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel.

England looked rattled in the immediate aftermath of Perisic's goal, and could have gone behind to another Perisic goal after the experienced midfielder capitalised on a defensive mix-up only to see his shot strike the post. Croatia played three straight extra-time matches - two ended in penalty kicks.

It was a wonder the Juventus forward did not break a limb as Pickford crunched into him.

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

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