England vs. Croatia: World Cup 2018 Live

104’: England Sloppy

England continues to tempt fate inside back, with passes that will arrive jusssst a bit late, or go jussssst a bit off target. Maybe that will’s confidence, however one wrong move there could end that will all.

101’: Rebic Comes Off

Dalic must’ve heard us: Rebic comes off in addition to also Andrej Kramaric — the goal-scorer against Russia the various other day inside quarters — comes on to do a bit of running.

100’: Free Kick for Croatia

Cynical late foul by Rashford there, who dragged Virsaljko on the right. Free kick on the right.

99’: England … ALMOST!

Stones header off the corner — VRSALJKO OFF THE LINE! He’s just saved his goalkeeper, in addition to also his team. Perfect or lucky? Who cares if you’re Croatian.

98’: Corner for England

Dalic’s unwillingness to take off some of his more tired-looking players looking more in addition to also more strange as England wins a corner. Mandzukic in addition to also rebic, For two main look beat.

97’: Dier Up for England

Eric Dier up currently; he’ll be England’s third sub. Henderson gives way, however that will’s a straight switch.

96’: Yellow for Rebic

that will earlier switch of yellows helps Rebic there, as he clips Rose after a loose Croatia pass in addition to also currently he has his own yellow.

England lines up by 35 yards inside center for a free kick; their targets are arrayed across the 18.

94’: Change for Croatia

Dalic looks like he’s finally going to yield, in addition to also with Strinic, the left back, down getting treatment, Josip Pivaric gets up in addition to also checks in for him.

92’: Rebic Gets Physical

England starts having a bit of possession, in addition to also Rebic counters with another foul as Croatia win the ball in addition to also try (in addition to also fail) to get out.

91’: Here We Go

Here we go for extra time: Danny Rose on for England, replacing Ashley Young at kinda-sorta left back.

Extra Time: What’s at Stake?

Reminder of what’s at stake here: the winner (survivor?) tonight gets France in Sunday’s World Cup final. The loser plays Belgium on Saturday inside third-place game in St. Petersburg.

Also, if we get there, no team has ever won three straight penalty shootouts inside earth Cup. Croatia has won two in a row, against Denmark in addition to also then Russia.

About Those Crosses …

Croatia has 32 crosses in addition to also 16 shots as that will has pressed forward to try to find goals. England has been much more circumspect, with 12 crosses in addition to also 8 shots.

Plenty of Subs Available

Oddly, there was only one sub inside first 0 minutes: Rashford for Sterling. So Croatia will have all four subs in extra time if Dalic wants them (he may not). Southgate will have three more (the two left by regular time, in addition to also the bonus one teams currently get in extra time).

Just in Case …

The stadium announcer helpfully explains the rules of overtime in English in addition to also Russian to … I don’t know who. Who comes to a World Cup semifinal without knowing what comes after a tie through 0 minutes?

Full Time: We’re Headed to Extra Time

that will got tense there, however we stay tied as Cakir blows his whistle. Grab a snack in addition to also a drink in addition to also come right back: we have 30 bonus minutes coming up.

0’ +2: Kane Misses

that will finds Kane, however his header goes almost directly downward at the far post (how was he unmarked?). A big let-off for Croatia there. currently they’re probably happy to get out in addition to also start over.

0’ + 1: Free Kick for England

This specific is usually how you get in trouble Coratia: Rakitic commits a foul out right, Trippier comes over to take the free kick, Kane in addition to also Maguire move their heads into position ………

0’: Lovren Fires by Deep

After some deliberate sniffing around by Croatia, Lovren decides the best plan is usually for him to take a crack by 30 yards. that will is usually not a not bad decision, however at least one fan will get a touch.

87’ Tick … Tick … Tick.

Extra time looming currently, in addition to also Subasic is usually taking his time with the goal kick. Neither side wants a mistake currently.

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Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic is usually challenged by England’s Dele Alli.

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86’: Croatia Clicking

Croatia’s genuinely on the hunt currently in addition to also England could like a timeout. Sorry; not allowed. however they get a break when Strinic, venturing forward by left back, fires a left back’s pass across the field in addition to also straight out of bounds.

85’: England Struggling

England has one goal, however that will also only has that will one shot on target the whole game, out of eight attempts. Croatia in contrast has 12 shots, three on goal.

84’: Perisic Misses!

A minute later that will’s Pickford in trouble again: he loses a battle for a free ball with Mandzukic, in addition to also the ball falls to Perisic, however he fires that will over the open goal!!

83’: Another Great Chance for Croatia

Great chance for Mandzukic inside clear there. He takes that will off his chest however fires right at Pickford. England tries a quick counter, however Subasic wins a footrace with Rashford.

81’: England Averts Disaster

Nearly a disaster there for England as they use Pickford as the safety valve again in addition to also nearly pass the ball directly to Manduzkic to send him in on goal. Pickford scrambles to blast that will forward in addition to also is usually lucky Rakitic isn’t there to receive. Nervy moment for the young England back line.

78’: Henderson Launches One

Henderson, off balance, on the run, shooting by 25, is usually probably a bargain Croatia can live with. He fires that will 25 rows up.

77’: Pushing Forward

Rakitic has left Brozovic to do the dirty work in defensive midfield in addition to also push a bit forward. Croatia on the front foot for genuinely once.

75’: Croatia doing Trouble

Trippier just fooled himself there — in addition to also let a ball run right out of bounds. Croatia says thanks in addition to also sends a long throw down the line, in addition to also currently they’re inside area doing trouble again.

74’: Marcus Rashford Enters

Marcus Rashford on for Sterling, who worked hard in addition to also looked dangerous, however fell a bit too much for his own not bad.

73’: England Looks a Bit Scared

Corner to Croatia. England suddenly, in addition to also for once, looks a bit young, a bit panicky.

71’: Croatia … So Close!

Croatia genuinely running currently. in addition to also PERISIC ALMOST MAKES that will TWO!!!!

England, on its heels again, lets him in on the left in addition to also he pings Pickford’s far post having a low shot. The rebound comes to Mandzukic, however he can only drive that will right into Pickford’s arms.

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69’: brand new Ballgame

that will almost had the feel of England lulling itself to sleep a bit, the ‘we’re up in addition to also that will’s going well in addition to also the ball’s way over there’ moment you need to avoid. Perisic took full advantage, in addition to also we have a whole brand new ballgame.

68’ GOAL! Croatia Levels

Ivan Perisic scores!

The momentum finally — finalllllly — turns into something for Croatia. Virsajko lobbed in a better cross by the right, in addition to also Perisic ran around both Trippier in addition to also Walker to stab that will home with his left foot.

that will was an acrobatic goal, however a scorer’s goal too.

67’: Croatia Starts Over

Snap shot by Kane at the right post never had a chance, however he sure made that will look as if that will did. Vida closed the angle well there, in addition to also methodically Croatia starts over again.

65’: Walker Goes Down

Walker, clearly hobbled by a shot he took to the … um …. uncomfortable place, had to scramble to his feet when Croatia won the ball back in addition to also had another go. Play even cycled around for another 30 seconds before Kane went down in a heap, in addition to also only then does Cakir stop play. Water for everyone, except Walker, who just needs a little time to himself.

63’: Croatia’s Crosses

Croatia is usually using the cross to attack, 18 so far, by Perisic, Rebic, Modric in addition to also others. however the crosses seem aimless in addition to also few are getting onto the feet or heads of Croatian players. England has seven cross, several by Trippier.

60’: No Teeth in Croatia’s Attack

An hour gone, in addition to also Croatia isn’t looking any fresher, or any faster.

Rakitic tries a one-time volley there, however that will just draws laughs when that will curls off his foot in addition to also almost to the corner flag.

59’: Pickford Bails Out Walker

Walker slices a clearance badly in addition to also that will goes backward for a corner. He’s unhappy, in addition to also should be, however Pickford charges out for the ball in addition to also saves him having a forceful punch.

58’: Croatia Looking Better

A lot more 5-3-2 than 3-5-2 for England the last few minutes. Trippier in addition to also Young are hanging back a bit more, or at least until the coast is usually clear. This specific has been Croatia’s best spell in a while.

56’: England’s Attack Fizzles

Kane header, Sterling one-touch layoff, Lingard rocket looked great — until that will hit a defender in addition to also went well high. Corner to England.

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England’s Kyle Walker gets a yellow card.

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54’: Walker Gets a Yellow Card

currently Walker gets a yellow, for a little exchange with two Croats to slow down a throw. They fired that will in, however This specific time Cakir spots something, in addition to also the optimism dies a quick death.

52’: Croatia Looking for Rebic

Croatia is usually genuinely trying to work the ball to Rebic on the left currently, at his regular in addition to also loud insistence. however everything seems a bit too long, or a bit too short.

The Scene in Hyde Park

England fans in Hyde Park seem happy about their team’s goal.

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47’: Yellow for Mandzukic

Our first yellow goes to Mandzukic for a foul on Walker.

47’: Croatia a Step Slow

Croatia’s first attack, though, is usually more of the same: Rebic in addition to also Brozovic try to get something going on the left, however that will’s all a step too slow.

46’: Quick Foul for England

Back under way in addition to also Raheem Sterling fouls Luka Modric about several seconds in.

England’s Crutch

however England can’t just pass the ball back to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for him to kick that will long every time. that will felt like they went to that will well quite a bit, in addition to also a few times his clearances went straight to Croatia. The problem for the Croats is usually they just weren’t quick enough to exploit the rare mistakes.

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Kieran Trippier, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal.

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Old vs. Young

Croatia’s inability to impose itself on England may be less about fatigue in addition to also more about the fact that will that will’s an older team playing a younger one. Sure, England is usually motivated in addition to also hungry. however so is usually Croatia. They just didn’t look like they had the wheels to turn things around on England inside first half, to start asking questions in addition to also creating openings. England’s discipline, especially Henderson in addition to also the back three has been great.

Croatia’s Numbers

Among the players who stood out statistically inside first half were members of Croatia’s defense, which kept England by expanding its lead. Sime Vrsaljko may not have caught your attention, however he led the way in advancing the ball (143 meters), touches (25) in addition to also passes (33). Domagoj Vida had seven clears by the Croatian defense.

Halftime: England Leads, 1-0

The whistle blows for halftime on another blocked Croatia shot, in addition to also just as Kane in addition to also Sterling try to take off with the loose ball.

England will be happy with that will half: an early goal, a lot of possession in addition to also a load of speed in addition to also danger on display. Croatia surrounds the referee Cakir on the way off; they thought Lovren had a penalty appeal for a shirt pull on the final free kick before the half. however Cakir could very much like to not listen, in addition to also he takes his ball in addition to also his linesman in addition to also ignores the Croats.

45’: Great Chance for Croatia

that will’s probably the best chance yet for Croatia: a panicked clearance by Pickford, who has been called into use as a safety valve far too often, sends Croatia in. however Walker in addition to also Stones scramble back to cover, in addition to also the shot is usually blocked.

43’: Vrsaljko Lets One Fly

Vrsaljko winds up by 35 yards in addition to also kicks a field goal. that will’s frustration, too. however England’s center backs are part of that will: they’re regrouping very tightly inside center every time Croatia comes upfield, in addition to also they’re winning every ball that will comes in.

44’: Off Target

Both teams are looking for more accurate shooting: England has four shots, in addition to also only Trippier’s goal was on target. Croatia has fired off four shots, with just one by Ante Rebic on net.

40’: Croatia Frustrated

Rebic clips Young by behind, giving away a free kick on the left touch line. that will’s not danger, that will was in England’s end in addition to also not going very far. however that will had the whiff of frustration.

38’: England Playing Fast

that will last play, in addition to also a follow up cross by Trippier inside next moments, show England to be a little quicker, a little faster, a little younger again. They’re a step ahead of Croatia to every ball, in addition to also that will’s a problem, especially in Croatia’s end. Every loose ball is usually won by an England player, every lucky bounce seems to find an England player. Croatia just look .. well, either old or tired or slow. None of those are not bad things to be against This specific England.

however that will’s showing up at the various other end with Mandzukic too. Croatia just doesn’t contain the speed anywhere to punish England, to turn a half chance into a not bad one, a breakout into a breakaway.

36’: Lingard Misses

A Kane lead pass in addition to also a slip by Vrsaljko springs Dele on the left, however the defender scrambles to his feet. Dele waits, waits, waits in addition to also then rolls a perfect ball to an open Lingard inside center. He, sadly, butchers that will in addition to also sends that will well wide. Great chance lost there in addition to also he knows that will.

33’: Young Gets England Out of Trouble

Super tackle by Ashley Young on another dangerous Croatia cross. He slid in on Rebic — again — at the last second, in addition to also without fouling, to sweep away what could have been a clear shot at Pickford on the run.

32’: Collision!

A few seconds later, Rebic is usually flying in himself This specific time — colliding with Pickford on a high ball served into the top of the England penalty area. however Cakir calls a foul — they don’t like players running into goalkeepers — in addition to also England is usually safe.

32’: Pickford Saves

Rebic answers at the various other end having a laser of a shot after some not bad work by Modric deep, however the ball sails right at Pickford’s chin, in addition to also he takes that will down easily with both hands.

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England’s Harry Kane hits the post.

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30’: KANE … No!

Not sure how either of Kane’s two shots stayed out there. A super ball by Lingard sprung him behind the offside trap (barely) in addition to also his right-footed shot was kicked away. however he controls the rebound at an even tighter angle next to the left post in addition to also pings a second attempt in. that will hits a couple things, however neither is usually the back of the net, in addition to also spins high in addition to also — safely if you’re Croatia — out of bounds.

27’: Sterling Hits the Gas

Sterling wins a footrace with Lovren — well, not a race, since Sterling was always going to win that will. however Lovren gets him back having a hand to the chest in addition to also kick to the shin, in addition to also Sterling falls like the earth’s tiniest china cabinet. Free kick. that will’s a not bad one: Subasic has to come in addition to also get that will. however he punches that will along in addition to also out for a throw to temporarily end the threat.

25’: Another Wasted Chance for England

Jesse Lingard gets in behind on the right however his cutback ball across the middle is usually terrible — missing two teammates, maybe three. Wasted chance, in addition to also a not bad one.

22’: Kane Offside

currently Kane strays a couple steps too far forward, in addition to also when a Croatia turnover falls to Sterling, in addition to also he feeds that will back in to the big striker, he still hasn’t scrambled back onisde. Didn’t genuinely matter inside end: Kane pulled his shot left. however he was two yards offside.

21’: Lovren Clobbers Kane

Lovren absolutely hammers Kane at midfield to stop a breakout. that will was an N.F.L. safety tackle right there, however he had no choice. Kane looked about to get around him, in addition to also that will could have been deadly.

20’: Sterling Working

England clearly likes the Sterling-Vida matchup down the right: that will keeps trying to get him around the corner. however Vida holds firm again there.

19’: Perisic Fires in addition to also Misses

Perisic pulls up by distance on the left in addition to also lashes a shot into Pickford’s side netting. that will went out off Stones’s heel, however Cakir didn’t see that will in addition to also gives a goal kick — to Perisic’s obvious dismay.

17’: Fans Helping Out

Sensing their team needs a lift — that will does — Croatia’s fans break into a “Cro-Ah-C-Yah” bit. however as soon as the team moves upfield, that will peters out. Then so does the move.

14’: More Corner Danger

A neat give-in addition to also-go between Ashley Young in addition to also Dele Alli eventually springs the latter running across the top of the area. He feeds Trippier on the far side, in addition to also his cross is usually blocked out for another corner. that will finds Maguire — again — in addition to also he gets a little closer however still sends that will wide.

12’: Maguire Heads High

An England corner, their first. Young to take. More set piece danger. Harry Maguire gets his head on that will, however sends that will well high.

11’: Croatia Needs to Regroup

Croatia seems a little annoyed, in addition to also a little out of sorts, after the goal. Lovren just whacked a ball into the stands at midfield after a teammate passed that will back to him at the spot with England players around. Not smart.

9’: Croatia Gets a Corner

currently that will’s Croatia having a corner. Modric to take that will, however there’s a bit of shoving at the spot so we pause. England clears — clumsily — in addition to also Kane nearly springs Sterling long. however his mark gets back to expertly poke that will free having a reached-around toe. Risky play, done magnificently.

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England’s Jordan Pickford gathers the ball.

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7’: Sterling Gives Croatia a Scare

Raheem Sterling causing trouble down the right currently, twice, however Subasic is usually out to smother the second one to the left of his goal.

6’: Set Pieces Rule This specific Cup

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by another set piece goal: that will’s 70 — 70!!!!!! — in This specific tournament. Or almost half the total.

5’: GOAL! England Leads

Kieran Trippier just stepped up in addition to also took that will like a pro. Super free kick — high in addition to also right — in addition to also Subasic never had a chance. that will goal is usually Trippier’s first for England.

4’: Free Kick for England

Dele wins a free kick in a dangerous spot at the top of the circle in front of the Croatia goal. Trippier in addition to also Ashley Young stand over that will, in addition to also currently Maguire comes over with his two cents. A set piece, who’d a thunk that will?

2’: Referee Exerts Control

A talking-to for Lingard by the referee Cakir, right after Dele gets one. Lots of nervous energy here, in addition to also the referee wants to keep a lid on extra stuff right away.

Croatia’s manager, Zlatko Dalic, is usually a pacer. Gareth Southgate is usually inside dugout, keeping his vest tidy.

1’: Bad Start for England

An England turnover in addition to also Henderson fouls to stop what could have been a quick counter. Expect a lot of that will.

1’: Kickoff!

that will was the loudest roar yet for the kickoff countdown: in addition to also we’re off. Enjoy.

Classy

Croatia’s end unfurls a large banner that will says “Thank you Russia” in Cyrillic during its national anthem. that will’s how you win over the neutrals, people.

England’s Rallying Cry

Well This specific is usually odd: they’re playing the 1990s hit “Football’s Coming Home” over the loudspeakers inside the Luzhniki. Long a running joke — the song bemoans England failures — that will has become the rallying cry around the team. however I wouldn’t be thrilled with the singalong if I was Croatian.

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England’s Starting Lineup

The lineups are out in addition to also England doesn’t change a thing:

Goalkeeper: 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: 6 Harry Maguire (Leicester), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 12 Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), 2 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 18 Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Midfielders: 20 Dele Alli (Tottenham), 8 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), 7 Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

Forwards: 9 Harry Kane (Tottenham), 10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

in addition to also why could they, with everything working so well This specific far. that will’s the same three-man back line, with Walker, Stones in addition to also Maguire, flanked by Trippier in addition to also Young, who will again be looking to get forward in addition to also help inside attack. Henderson gets the lonely duty in central midfield, in addition to also his teammates (Lingard, Dele Alli, Trippier in addition to also Young) will need to make sure he doesn’t get overrun there by Modric in addition to also Rakitic.

Croatia’s Starting Lineup

For Croatia, Marcelo Brozovic has been chosen ahead of Andrej Kramaric. Brozovic was the pick against Denmark inside round of 16, however Kramaric played inside quarterfinal against Russia. The choice of Brozovic is usually a defense-oriented move, as he is usually a deeper-lying midfielder, while Kramaric plays just behind the striker, Mario Mandzukic.

Goalkeeper: 23 Danijel Subasic (Monaco)

Defenders: 21 Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), 3 Ivan Strinic (Milan), 6 Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), 2 Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: 10 Luka Modric (Real Madrid), 7 Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), 11 Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan)

Forwards: 17 Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), 4 Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), 18 Ante Rebic (Fiorentina)

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