England vs. Croatia final score, recap

England vs. Croatia final score, recap

After a goalless first 15 minutes of extra-time, and penalties looking like a big possibility, it was Croatia that ended England's dream of World Cup glory when Mario Mandzukic crept it at the far post to fire home what would ultimately be the victor. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't".

The defeat will be hard to digest for England, who have won many admirers for their run to the semifinals and must have felt they were on the verge of the final when they were in front.

Several fans messaged Balotelli threats ahead of Sunday's final and the Nice forward responded on Instagram.

The midfielder fought through the illness to play the entire 120 minutes as his side came from behind to beat England 2-1 in extra time.

The game went to extra time after neither side could find a victor in normal time, where Croatia continued their dominance.

It was suggested before the game, by Business Insider and even Croatian reporters on Federation Internationale de Football Association, that Croatia would be encumbered because of the back-to-back extra-time matches it had to play ahead of the England game.

"But we handled it well, but unfortunately we conceded at the wrong time, after that I thought we again picked it up again and done well". I don't think realistically we expected to be here, but once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life, ' the England boss said.

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"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".

The win sent tens of thousands of French people pouring onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in scenes of joy last seen when France won the World Cup two decades ago.

Croatia took over the match after the equalizer and England rarely produced any scoring threats the rest of the way as the midfield of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic had the Three Lions running in circles.

Mario Mandzukic became Croatia's hero when he put Croatia in front with 11 minutes to go after a great through ball from Pivaric.

Perisic almost scored a second goal just minutes later, as he latched onto the ball following a defensive lapse before striking the post with his shot.

Croatia have reached their first ever ever major tournament final after beating England in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

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