Croatia beats England to book FIFA World Cup final spot against France

England’s bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area.

Gareth Southgate’s side were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier’s 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, but Perisic’s 68th-minute equaliser sent the match into extra time.

With the win, Croatia will now face France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday while England takes on Belgium in the third place match in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.



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