Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

As England stalled it was Croatia who produced the powerful late surge to win through goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic, showing strength nearly beyond reason given their World Cup exertions.

"We're having an outside screen in the beer garden area tonight - and hopefully for the final on Sunday - where there's seating for over 100 people".

"We've got eight big TVs and two big screens, and we've even got a TV out in the back for the sun-catchers". We respected them because we analysed them.

"We played a high press on their backline".

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"We had a little less composure with the ball in the second half, and maybe that was a outcome of being ahead with the least experienced team in the finals, with an opportunity to get to a World Cup final". In comparison, Croatia's average is more than 29, and some of their top players are past 30, like 32-year-old Luka Modric, 30-year-old Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandzukic (32).

"During half-time, I told the players "calmly pass the ball, do not lose your heads".

"This shows character. This is what makes me proud and glad".

GW: Yeah, there's a good article in The Guardian, by Aleksander Holiga that I suggest everyone read, about Croatia and he's one of the authorities on Croatia.

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The best chance for a second England goal was wasted by an unmarked Jesse Lingard when he curled wide when a goal looked certain. For Croatia , it's on the brink of arguably the most shocking World Cup title run in modern history.

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"They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven't taken it", Reece said.

Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

'The players have to look at the reaction of the supporters and see.

"And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads". We're taking it step by step.

We're going to celebrate, to rest and then we will prepare for France. We are facing another daunting task but we are ready for it.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of supporters packed into the British-themed Cat And Fiddle pub in Hollywood to watch the match.

"I want Croatia to win, but I think France might", Damon said.

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