A Mario Mandzukic’s extra time goal was enough to dent England’s hope of making the final as Croatia defeated the Three Lions 2-1 in Wednesday Semi final of the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
England wasted no time in the first half as Kieran Trippier’s curling free-kick from just outside the area that flies into the net to give England first blood in the fifth minutes.
However, Croatia level score through Ivan Perisic in the second half before Juventus striker, Mandzukic scored the all important goal to send Croatia to their first ever final at the World Cup.
They will now face France in Sunday’s final while England will confront Belgium in Saturday’s third place match.
By Augustine Akhilomen