England tried to score while Croatia celebrated

       England's match-day preparations are centred around one particular tactic. Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh

4:59 England's match-day preparations are centred around one particular tactic. Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh

England had led through Kieran Trippier's free-kick but Ivan Perisic levelled the scores as Croatia dominated after half time.

Croatia's fans react after a goal as they watch the broadcast of the World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England in the fan zone.

Croatia may have secured a first ever World Cup final appearance in their history but bet365 aren't expecting a similar performance in two years' time making Zlatko Dalic's side 25/1 (26.0) chances to win the competition. He knows what to say at the right time.

"After the experiences of the matches with Colombia and Sweden and the whole thing, it's probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go, so tonight in the end, we weren't quite there".

Josip Pivaric of Croatia celebrates his Fifa World Cup semifinal win over England.

Croatia's legs at the start seemed to carry the weight of so many minutes in the knockout stage, and a pressing England went up quickly.

He adds: "Nobody expected us to get this far before the tournament started - I didn't".

Luka Modric's team fell behind in just the fifth minute but hit back through Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic to win a tense contest in front of 78,000 fans in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

"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". "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't". "I will go home, take the dogs for a run, disappear to Yorkshire, but it is of course a chance to be involved in something incredibly special".

The goal continued the side's astonishing success from set-pieces at the World Cup - they scored nine goals from set-pieces - the most by any team in a single tournament since 1966.

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations. We expect the most hard game of this World Cup.

Local fans are now gearing up for the final match against France on Sunday.

It also meant that England, for all their controlling play and short passes in midfield, had the option of whipping the ball into the corners for Sterling to chase after.

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