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Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

England's forward Raheem Sterling vies for the ball with Sweden's goalkeeper Robin Olsen during their Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final match at the Samara Arena in Samara Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final
Noah Ferguson | 12 July, 2018, 05:41

England crashed out of the World Cup Wednesday with a heartbreaking 2-1 semifinal loss against Croatia after grabbing an early lead.

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.

At publish time, things are tense, though, as Croatia has tied the match 1-1, given their fans a chance for a beer-soaked celebration of their own.

The BBC says one of the two videos in which Vida appeared was posted online after Croatia beat host Russian Federation for the right to play in the semi-final against England. I don't say it's a miracle because we played well but because only big teams can be so fearless and play a tournament like this with a heart.

Croatia became the 13th country in the history of the World Cup to make a final. "Nobody gave up", said Dalic, whose team have played the equivalent of one match more than the French.

A packed stadium provided an intense World Cup atmosphere for the game, after thousands of England and Croatia fans had flown into the Russian capital.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters. "I don't why we always do this, but we always do it to ourselves", he said.

Football fans in Bournemouth are putting their faith in Gareth Southgate's side to take the Three Lions to their first World Cup final since 1966. "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win".

"We'll be there and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity seeing them in the World Cup".

France earned their semifinal victory over Belgium courtesy of a perfectly executed set piece on a corner that saw Samuel Umtiti perfectly slot home a header. To simply bet on which team wins, France is -210 and Croatia is +175.

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