Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

They booked their place in the final by seeing off England 2-1 after extra time, making light of the fact that the Three Lions hail from a land with a population of around 53 million.

England's Kieren Trippier scored an early goal in the 5th, giving the Three Lions a strong lead.

Croatia's dream goes on while England wake up.

Alli has not quite hit full gear in the World Cup campaign, but has been vital to the England side nonetheless and did score a header in the quarter finals against Sweden.

However, he summed up the mood of the nation today by thanking Southhgate for helping us fall back in love with the national team.

Others would have haggled with touts and individual sellers to try and get hold of the most sought-after ticket in town.

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue. "We started slowly today but we showed our character and again came from a goal behind just like we did in the previous knockout rounds".

Croatia, who have reached the final for the first time in their history, will play France on Sunday. "The only disappointment was that we were 1-0 up, and we should have been more". For 70 minutes we battered them.

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation.

He said: "What was it two crosses two goals?" We can at least defend two crosses.

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match". But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat. He said: "I'm gutted".

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs".

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