Croatia have made a comeback in the semifinal match against England for the first time in the history reached the world Cup final.
The status of the favourite of the semifinal England confirmed already in the fifth minute – Modric in a dangerous area for a foul on alli and Trippier free-kick perfect for the execution of the blow sent the ball into the top corner of the goal Subasic.
In the second half, Croatia took the initiative and naturally equalized. On 68 minutes, Perisic responded to a cross from the flank and karatitsky blow of style. back “Checkers” in the battle for the final.
Croats courage continued to attack that almost cost England defeat in regulation time. Perisic and Mandzukic several times openly forgave the defense of the British.
In overtime in favor of Croatia has developed two key time – 99 minutes Vrsaljko on the goal line and blocked a goal kick Sconza after a corner and a few minutes later Mandzukic from the left wing burst into the penalty area and laid the ball into the far corner of Pickford.
For the remaining 10 minutes England created nothing at gate Subasic. The Croats were able to prematurely bury the intrigue, however, failed to convert several promising counterattacks.
In the final of the world championship the national team of Croatia on 15 July in Moscow will play against France. England in the bronze medal match that same day will meet with Belgium.
Croatia — England 2:1
Goals: Perisic, 68, Mandzukic, 109 — Trippier, 5
Croatia: Subašić — Vrsaljko, Lovren, Strinić (Pivaric, 94) — Brozović, Modric (Badelj, 118), Rakitic — Rebić (Kramaric, 101), Perisic — Mandzukic (Corluka, 115)
England: Pickford — Walker (Vardy, 111), Stones, Maguire — Trippier, Allie, Henderson (Dyer, 97), Lingard, Young (Rose, 91) Sterling (Rashford, 74), Kane
Yellow Cards: Mandzukic, Rebić —Walker.