Croatian footballers mobbed the photographers' pit after beating England last night

Jul 13, 2018, 00:09
Croatian footballers mobbed the photographers' pit after beating England last night

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks after their soccer team came from behind to beat England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday to clinch a place in the World Cup final against France.

"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said.

"They should be more humble and respectful".

Croatia can be backed at [3.0] to win the World Cup on Sunday, while opponents France are the strong favourites at [1.5].

England play Croatia Wednesday night at 7pm.

"It is what it is, we'll try and play that game with as much pride and try and finish on a high, but we're still gonna be hurting of course in that game, in three or four days time we're still gonna be thinking about this one and what could have been, you know".

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While Mourinho lamented England's inability to grab a second to kill the game off, he admitted the Perisic leveller gave Croatia "an overdose of confidence" that changed the game.

"It hurts, it hurts a lot".

Josip Pivaric of Croatia celebrates his Fifa World Cup semifinal win over England.

What is not in doubt is their quality.

As well as scoring, Perisic also hit the post for the second straight game and set up Mandzukic's victor, heading a poor clearance toward the Juventus striker to score.

"But knockout football is fine margins and when you have spells in the game and when you have chances against real quality, you've got to make them count".

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Croatia were "underestimated" by English pundits who lacked respect, says captain Luka Modric.

Mario Mandzukic wheels away after scoring the winning goal in Wednesday's semifinal between Croatia and England.

Winger Ivan Perisic levelled scores on the 67th minute after a great cross from defender Sime Vrsaljko.

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

More than 10,000 Croatian fans arrived in Moscow for a chance to see their nation in the World Cup semi-final and it was worth the trip as the nation created history.

Although Walker described the players as "absolutely gutted" to miss out on a place in the World Cup final, he said they could take great encouragement from the emotional scenes at the end of Wednesday night's defeat against Croatia, when England fans showed their respect for the team's performances in Russian Federation by staying behind to applaud the players and singing their names.

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