Croatia pulled a surprise on the whole world by beating the three lions of England in the second semi finals game of the 2018 FIFA world cup tournament.

In a game which lasted for over 120 minutes, the Croatians forced the England National team into an extra time despite the three lions taking the lead from a first half free kick.

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Luka Modric of Croatia Tean Captain Credit: Photo by Michael Zemanek

England won a free kick in the 4th minute of the game which was converted beautifully into the goal poles by Kieran Trippier.

They took control of the first half creating many scoring chances but had only one shot on goal which was the freekick converted by Trippier.

Croatia however came strongly into the second half creating many goal threatening chances but it took the brilliant performance by the England goal keeper Jordan Pickford to keep England in the lead as at the 60th minute of the game.

Ivan Perisic However chanced on a spectacular cross from Sime Vrsaljko to give Croatia the much fought for equalizer in the 68th minute.

The score was leveled after 90 minutes forcing the game into an extra time which was again controlled by the three lions in the first half.

The Croatia and Jeventus forward Mario Mandzukic put his national team in the final pairing with France by scoring a jaw opening goal in the 109 minutes and all efforts made by England to equalize proved fruitless.

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Mario Mandzukic put his national team in the final. Picture credit – nesn.com

England will however fight for the third position with Belgium on Saturday and the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be between Croatia and France on Sunday the 15th of July.

Eventhough Croatia was one of the underdogs coming into the 2018 FIFA World cup, they have shocked all football fans by booking their place in the finals. They boast of a 100% records so far winning every single game in the tournament including a 3 – 0 win against Messi’s Argentina.

Below are the Matches played by Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament

Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2, Nigeria 0
Thursday, June 21: Croatia 3, Argentina 0
Tuesday, June 26: Croatia 2, Iceland 1

Sunday, July 1: Croatia 1, Denmark 1 (Croatia wins 3-2 in penalty kicks) in round of 16
Saturday, July 7: Croatia 2, Russia 2 (Croatia wins 4-3 in penalty kicks) in quarterfinals
Wednesday, July 11: Croatia 2, England 1 (in extra time) in semfinals

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