Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1

Jordan Pickford of England collides with Ante Rebic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England as well as Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. 

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Jordan Pickford of England collides with Ante Rebic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England as well as Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. 

When the final whistle blew as well as they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-as well as-white checkered jerseys.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal from the 109th minute as well as Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday.

Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come by behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.

Defender Sime Vrsaljko kept the score even by heading a shot off the goal line about 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England from the fifth minute. Ivan Perisic tied the score from the 68th minute.

nevertheless football will not be coming home, as well as there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that will felled Shearer as well as Platt, Gazza as well as Wazza, Beckham as well as Gerrard.

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