Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Croatia 2-1 England: 11 things we learned

Croatia 2-1 England: 11 things we learned

But Croatia summoned the strength to come back in the second half, equalising through Ivan Perisic before Mario Mandzukic got the victor in the 109th minute.

Croatia made history by qualifying for their historic first ever World Cup final by defeating England a couple of nights ago. No country can expect to win worldwide trophies but, as Southgate said after the defeat by Croatia: "We've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments".

"Maybe there was an element of extra motivation because of [comments in the English media], but there was also motivation to play in the final and make our fans and the country happy".

Vrsaljko was not the only one to twist the knife, as midfielder Luka Modrić also tore into England, English journalists, and English pundits on television.

"This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back, or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010", he said.

As the England team continues to evolve post-World Cup, hopefully Southgate and Sterling's teammates can devise a strategy whereby he can do more of his work inside the penalty area rather than outside it.

In Zagreb, the capital, more than 10,000 people gathered in the central square to watch the match despite rainy weather.

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The 22nd seed, humbled by the opening-set bagel, did manage to put up a much sterner challenge in the second, taking it to 5-5. Clearly dejected, Mannarino said afterward that he wasn't rattled by the Centre Court spotlight or the size of the crowd.

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Portugal have amassed the same number of fouls, but they have collected six yellow cards compared to Uruguay's one. They have not faced each other since July 1972, when they drew 1-1 at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

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The match is likely to be unsurprising, if not only for tactics, but also because of those involved. The two nations have met three times in the World Cup and Uruguay have not lost once.

"There was just a period in the second half, it looked like we had the lead and didn't want to give it away rather than we keep playing - and we just lost a bit of composure in that period".

"Maybe the English team should have respected us more, especially when you consider where our players play their football, but this is football and sport".

Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup´s leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.

His goal proved incredibly decisive as Croatia forced the tie to extra-time.

But the Guardian said the players might struggle to shake off the ordeal of losing the semi-final.

Prince William, the president of the Football Association, said England could be proud of Southgate's team.

On Saturday, when England beat Sweden to reach the semi-finals, riot police were called into the seaside city to contain some rowdy supporters.

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