Even with all of the talent that Croatia and England have stocked in their respective national teams, their appearance in the World Cup semifinal is nothing short of astounding.
Croatia is showing the world that their 1998 golden generation — a side that also went to the World Cup semifinal — was not an aberration and that the country can produce top-level soccer talent to compete with the world’s best.
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England has shown that fielding a team young enough to forget the mistakes of the past can be incredibly useful in building confidence — especially when that team is led by a former player from those years of mediocrity. It also doesn’t hurt to have a famous rallying cry from the supporters section.
But each team has more than just historical precedent to play for. Since Croatia and England were on the “easier” side of the bracket, they will need to use this semifinal match to prove that whoever progresses did not just make the final through a cake walk. With the French awaiting them in the final, and surely watching the match, the teams will want to put on a show.
Sporting News has you covered with live highlights, updates and more from today’s match below.
Croatia vs. England live: World Cup highlights
84′ — Croatia almost takes advantage of Pickford coming off his line, but the shot went wide.
83′ — So close for Croatia! A chipped pass to Mandzukic gives the striker a shot on goal, but Pickford punches it out.
79′ — Jordan Henderson’s shot from outside of the box sails over the bar trying to catch Subasic off his line.
78′ — Jesse Lingard almost with the tie-breaking goal but the shot rolls just wide!
76′ — Croatia just dominating England from the wide areas and getting all of the crosses in the box. England clearing when necessary — which is always.
74′ — SUBSTITUTION: Marcus Rashford ON, Raheem Sterling OFF
72′ — Croatia almost took the lead! Ivan Perisic had the opportunity at goal but his shot bounced off the post and the rebounding shot landed back in Jordan Pickford’s arms. Croatia conitnues to be in control.
So close! Croatia nearly take the lead! pic.twitter.com/dnO7yPciFA
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 11, 2018
69′ — Immediate counter from England and Raheem Sterling almost gets a chance at goal but his last touch was too strong and it went out.
68′ — GOAL CROATIA (1-1)! Perisic rises above the rest in the English box and knocks the diagonal cross in with his boot to tie the game up.
Ivan Perišić beats Kyle Walker to the ball to pull Croatia level with 20 minutes left in the game. pic.twitter.com/O0xaQRULT7
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 11, 2018
65′ — Multiple chances for Croatia at goal, but England’s defense deflected all of them. Kyle Walker took a direct shot in a not-so-great area in one of the deflections.
61′ — Rakitic gets a one-timer shot but the ball goes well over the bar.
57′ — Trippier crosses it into the box from open play, but Lovren is there to deflect the ball away from a dangerously diving Kane.
56′ — Ball deflects from Kane, to Sterling and then to Lingard, who fires it on goal, but it gets deflected out.
52′ — YELLOW CARD: Kyle Walker (England)
48′ — YELLOW CARD: Ante Rebić (Croatia)
46′ — And we’re back!
HALFTIME: Croatia 0, England 1
45′ +1′ — Croatian free kick yields nothing. Players going into the locker room for the half, but the VAR room is checking for a penalty.
45′ — Ivan Rakitic intercepts Pickford’s miskick, kicks it up to himself, but loses the ball in England’s box while waiting for support.
36′ — Dele Alli leads a counter attack to Croatia’s box. He dinks a pass to Jesse Lingard who is unable to convert on the second goal.
33′ — Croatia drove fast down the field and a longball almost reached Rebic who was running down the sideline. Ashley Young was there to clear the ball out for a corner kick which has resulted in nothing.
32′ — First big save for Pickford! Croatia drives to England’s box and tries to crosses into the box before the ball landed onto the feet of Perisic, who fired a shot right at the English keeper.
30′ — What a chance for England! Lingard feeds the ball to Harry Kane who had a short shot on goal. Subasic was there to knock it out and knock out Kane’s second opportunity at goal from the rebound, which was determined to be offside.
Harry Kane was SO CLOSE for England. #CROENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/6qnLaeHowx
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 11, 2018
27′ — Lovren with another foul on an English player outside the box. England had a free kick wide, but Subasic was able to come in with the save.
24′ — Raheem Sterling has been an absolute handful for the Croatian defense. His runs have pulled everyone in his direction and even though he hasn’t directly threatened a shot at goal, he’s been forcing the defenders to run.
19′ — Ivan Perisic takes a shot from outside the box and it goes just wide of the net. Croatian players surrounded the ref for a corner kick appeal because it appeared to be deflected off of Kyle Walker’s boot, but it was a goal kick.
14′ — Header wide from an England corner.
5′ — GOAL ENGLAND (1-0)! Trippier scores his first free kick goal of the tournament to give the Three Lions a dream start in the semifinal.
#MundialTelemundo @trippier2 hace estallar a la afición de #ENG y así lo narró @sadovnik1965 #CRO 0-1 #ENG pic.twitter.com/yDlYubulJO
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) July 11, 2018
4′ — Dele Alli brought down just outside the box for a great chance for England to score at the top of the box.
1′ — And we’re off!
Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.
Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane.
Subs: Butland, Rose, Dier, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope.
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