Mario Mandzukic’ became the hero of Croatia
Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium With the help of Mario Mandzukic’s goal, Croatia made it to the finals by defeating England 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Football World Cup on Wednesday. Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time, where they will face against ex-champions France on Sunday.
In the 5th minute, Kieran Trippier gave England a 1-0 lead. In the 68th minute, Ivan Perisic scored the equal goal for Croatia. Mandzukic struck with a well-taken low shot in the 109th minute, which proved to be decisive. The 52-year waiting period of England’s final was not over. Now he has to wait 4 more years.
In the 4th minute, Jesse Lingard was dropped just outside of the Croatian box, which resulted in England getting a free-kick. Kieran Trippier scored a fantastic goal in the 5th minute, Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic did not get an opportunity to move from the spot and the ball reached the corner like a lanyard. This is Kieran Trippier primary international goal and he made it memorable by creating a goal in this vital match.
In the 9th minute, Croatia got a corner which was cleared. England made this aggressive begins of the competition for the first time in this tournament. In the 14th minute, England could not take benefit of the spot. In the 30th minute, England captain Harry Kane had the best chance to score, but he could not take advantage of it. In the 32nd minute, Croatia beat the attack, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, near Rebik, easily saved it. In the 36th minute, Harry Kane made the move, he passes the ball to Jesse Lingard on the corner of the box which he could not reach the net. England was ahead by 1-0 at halftime.
In the 2nd half, Croatia started aggressively from the very beginning, but its attacks were unable to succeed. Mario Mandzukic of Croatia was shown yellow cards in the 48th minute. England’s Kyle Walker was shown the yellow card in the 54th minute. In the 68th minute, Sime Vrsaljko gave a cross from the right wing, on which Ivan Perisic scored a similar goal for Croatia with a high longer war than Kyle Walker. Croatia takes the lead in the 72nd minute if the shot of Ivan Perisic does not return after the bump with the right post. The Ante Rebic was unable to take benefit of the rebound and the goalkeeper Jordan Pickford cleared the ball.
England got a corner in the 9th minute of extra time, on which John Stones’ header was cleared by Ivan Perisic close to the goal post, the goalkeeper had no opportunity. Croatia made an edge in the half-time injury time before the extra time if England goalkeeper Pickford did not have a great defense on the effort of Mandzukic
Croatia went on to win the 3rd consecutive match in this World Cup knockout before this; both times he came back after coming back and winning.
England’s squad reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, where they were beaten in a penalty shootout against Germany. 8- Years later, Croatia’s squad reached the semi-finals, playing their first World Cup as an independent nation, where they had to face defeat against France. Croatia has surprised everyone by making a position in the last-4. England’s squad will now face Belgium in the 3rd -place playoff on July 14 in St Petersburg. The finals will be played next here at the Luzhniki Stadium. While the England squad dominated the first half, Croatia’s dominance in the second half was found. During the competition, however, at times, players from both teams were seen interacting with each other. ‘’We worked as hard as we could, it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time,” England Captain Kane said.