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The result of Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia was always going to be historic.

For England, it was the opportunity to return to the final for the first time since its legendary 1966 victory; for Croatia, it was a chance at its first World Cup final ever.

Ultimately, Croatia made it through, recovering from a brutal first half to forge a path to victory 2-1 in extra time.

England began the first half in truly dominant fashion. A free kick in the fifth minute near Croatia’s box gave Kieran Trippier an early goal — an arcing shot that soared over Croatia’s wall, so good Croatian goalie Danijel Subasic could only shrug.

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In the subsequent minutes, England earned multiple penalties, but failed to transform its famed set pieces into subsequent goals. Croatia’s form improved as the half drew on, but after more failed attempts on goal both sides, the teams went into half-time 1-0 to England.

In the second half, everything changed. Croatia’s Perisic scored a goal in the 68th minute — a high kick that England’s spectacular Jordan Pickford was unable to block — and the momentum shifted completely. Suddenly, Croatia was dominant, crowding England’s …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Sports


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