Croatia 2-1 England: Mandzukic ends Lions' World Cup dreams
World Cup 2018 By: Linus Onyeze | 11/07/2018
England’s quest to win a first World Cup since 1966 failed as they couldn’t hold on to their first lead as Croatia came from behind to win 2-1.Kieran Tripper gave the Three Lions the lead in the first half, but Ivan Perisic leveled in the second half. The game stretched to extra time, before Mario Mandzukic scored deep into the game to send Croatia to the final.This was going to be it for either side – England could either continue signing the famous ‘it’s coming home’ song or Croatia could finally surpass the feat of their class of ’98. And it wouldn’t take long before the game got going and after just five minutes, Luka Modric committed an ugly challenge to gift England a freekick in a promising position and Trippier set the ball for the free kick and fired in a beautiful strike, which nestled exactly in the top right corner. What a way to start the game for the Three Lions.Maybe it was England being much better or maybe not, but for some reason, Croatia were struggling to get out of gear one as England looked the more promising side. But on 21 minutes, Ante Rebic tried his luck from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort, but it was well blocked by a defender. That was their first effort of the game.England continued to look the better side even if slightly but Zlatko Dalic’s men were also looking to get on the front foot as frequently as possible and on one occasion in the 32nd minute, Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save! Ante Rebic met a rebound outside the box and attempted to beat the keeper into the top of the net, but the England goalie was up to the task.Soon after, it was England’s turn to create a chance of their own, when Jesse Lingard collected a pass and ran with pace goalwards before unleashing a great drive from the edge of the box, but it went inches wide of the right post.