Did England attempt to score while Croatia celebrated second goal?

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

Ivan Perisic equalised for Croatia in the 68th minute before Mario Mandzukic scored the victor with 11 minutes remaining of extra time.

The national broadcaster, HRT, started its post-match programme with presenters and studio guests jumping around and chanting, while Robert Prosinecki, a member of Croatia's bronze-winning side in 1998, said: "We murdered the English in the second half!".

Croatia advanced to its first FIFA World Cup final by defeating England 2-1 in extra time in semi-final action in Moscow.

The much younger, faster and less worn out looking England side continued to cause Croatia problems going forward and also doubled their lead but a great Danijel Subasic save kept it at 1-0.

With Croatia playing in its third consecutive extra time match, the team somehow dug deep and found the energy needed to fight off the Three Lions, who looked more exhausted and fell asleep on the winning goal.

"It's not something I'm really thinking about at the moment to be honest, it's not the game we wanted to be in", Kane admitted.

He said: "All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: 'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' They should be more humble and respect their opponents more".

"Yeah of course [I want to play]".

"But when you've got to this point, and we've played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life". I think knockout football is about fine margins and when you have good spells against fine sides you need to take your chances.

Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute with his fourth goal of the tournament.

It was heartbreak for England, but joy for those who backed Croatia at a high of [40.0] to win in extra-time in the Method of Victory market.

Cars and vans drove through the streets with Croatian flags stretched tightly across their bonnets, honking their horns at each other as workers clocked out for the day early and headed home to watch the game.

Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup's leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia. "Nothing he is going to say is going to make us feel any better", Kane said.

"We've come an incredibly long way in a short time and the experiences against Colombia, Sweden, is probably beyond where we thought we could go. You can hear the fans singing out there after the defeat it's a proud feeling you know and all we can do is try and build on it".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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