By Chineze Ogugua
England’s quest for a final place at the Russia 2018 World Cup came crashing as they were beaten by a solid Croatian team.
The English had had luck enroute to the semifinals but met more than their match after extra time by a Mandzukic goal after the English defence was caught sleeping.
Kevin Trippier had opened scoring with a teasing free kick in the 5th minute after Modric had fouled Dele Alli but the Croats replied in the second half through Ivan Perisic as he moved ahead of Kyle Walker slot home for the equalizer.
Off to the extra time and Mario Mandzukic was on hand to slot home after John Stones failed to read MOTM Perisic’s head pass.
England will now take on Belgium for the third place position on Saturday by 3pm.
The final will between France and Croatia will be played on Sunday by 4pm.
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