Croatia vs England (LIVE UPDATES): ‘Hungry’ Lions Fight For Final Ticket

Croatia Team for Russia 2018
Croatia Team for Russia 2018

The stage is set for the World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Croatia are bidding to reach the final of the competition for the first time in their history, having failed to even make it past the group stages since their third-placed finish at France 1998.

England on their part are seeking to make the World Cup final for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 1966.

Croatia make one change to the side that started their quarter-final win over hosts Russia.

England are again unchanged as manager Gareth Southgate sticks with the side that beat Colombia and Sweden.

The winners will face France in the final on Sunday.

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Kickoff is 7 p. m .

Both teams have rendered their national anthems and we are set for kickoff


Kickoff .. England get the game underway


England dominate the early proceedings


Free kick for England .. Dele Alli brought down in a dangerous position for Croatia


Goal!! Tripper gives England the lead

Sumptuous free kick from the England right-back


Croatia with more of the Ball possession at 63%, England: 37%.


England win a corner to be taken by Ashley Young


Since 1966, this is the first time England is leading in a World Cup semi-final match


Free kick for England as Kane is tripped down


Croatia’s Perisic takes a long strike but goes off target


Dejan Loveren brings down Kane and England wins another free kick


OFFSIDE: Kane flagged offside after Croatia make a mistake


Sterling Stumbles as he attempts to make a run into the Croatia box


Perisic with an ambitious shot from almost 40 yards but straight into the England’s keeper’s hand


Lovern escape a card after pushing down sterling


Ashley young takes the free kick but the Croatia pushes away for a throwing


Big miss by Harry Kane


Quite an incredible miss by the England skipper


Croatia come close to getting their equaliser


Another miss by England


Still England are enjoying their one goal lead


Croatia still edging the possession 51% to 49%


Rakitic dispossessed of the ball inside the England box


One minute added time and Croatia win a free kick


Halftime: Croatia 0-1 England

Second half resumes


BOOKED! Rebic gets the first yellow card


Another booking for Croatia as Mario Mandzucki gets yellow


Kyle Walker gets a yellow card


Kane attempts a low header but fails to connect the ball


Croatia have been more brutal in this match; committing 14 fouls while England have committed 7


Croatia desperate for an equaliser but England defending well… Kyle Walker is down injured and receives medical treatment on the field.


Side netting by Hary Kane


GOAL.. Croatia are level

Boots high but the goal stands… Ivan Perisic gets a crucial one for Croatia


CLOSE!! Croatia almost get in front


The Three Lions are living dangerously


Good effort by Mario Mandzukic as he directs a shot on target, but the keeper saves it


Three minutes added time


Free kick taken by Trippier but Kane unable to turn his header into the net


Full Time:Croatia 1-1 England


Game goes into extra time


First Half extra time begins


Danny Rose comes in for Ashley Young


CROATIA SUB: Pivaric comes in for injured Strinic


Free kick for England


Henderson off for Eric Dier


CLOSE…. John Stones with a fine header but Croatia defender clears off the line


Croatia Sub:Rebic is off for Karamic


Two minutes added time


Massive save by Pickford as Mandzukic comes quite close for Croatia


HT (ExtraTime)… This game going to the wire
Croatia 1-1 England

Second half Extra Time underway

GOALLL… Croatia in front


Mario Mandzukic finds the net!


Croatia Sub: Corluka in for goal scorer Mandzukic


Badelj in for Modric as we approach the dying minutes of the game


Four minutes added time


Four minutes added time


Free kick for England… last chance for the Three Lions


FULL TIME: Croatia 2-1 England





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