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Croatian footballers mobbed the photographers' pit after beating England last night

Croatian footballers mobbed the photographers' pit after beating England last night”

The quarter-final against Sweden saw England triumph with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden, setting up Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.

Kieran Trippier had given England the lead by scoring from a free kick in the fifth minute. "The next step for England is the biggest step and the hardest step by far, to get to the World Cup final".

England captain Harry Kane was heartbroken after the loss but admitted that England had paid the price for being too passive in the second half after a bright opening 40 minutes. It shows we can be up here.

"There's a lot we could have done better".

"And like I said, they should be more humble and respect more opponents".

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has hit back at England fans who taunted him before they were eliminated from the World Cup. It hurts, I don't know what else to say, it hurts.

In case you've been living under a rock for the last 12 hours, you'll be aware that England's World Cup dream is over after they were beaten 2-1 by Croatian in extra time.

It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning Croatia faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. There will be legitimate questions about how much they have left in the tank.

Jesse Lingard brilliantly found Dele Alli on the edge of the box, and when the Spurs man was fouled it presented a ideal opportunity for either Trippier or Ashley Young to take an early pot at goal. "It's just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way".

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric also pulled the strings cleverly in midfield and when the disappointment fades for England they might take consolation from the fact they were beaten by a technically gifted side.

Perisic came close again and Mandzukic had a shot saved by Pickford as Croatia pressed for the victor but it wasn't to come and the game headed into extra-time.

With Croatia playing in its third consecutive extra time match, the team somehow dug deep and found the energy needed to fight off the Three Lions, who looked more exhausted and fell asleep on the winning goal.

Croatia's Domagoj Vida celebrates with a child after the World Cup Semi-Final match against England in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, July 11, 2018.

In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.

Talk about the potential rule loophole started after Portugal's Jose Fonte strangely chose to stay in the field of play while the rest of his team celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo's equaliser against Spain off the pitch.



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