Did England attempt to score while Croatia celebrated second goal?

0:52                                            England fans in Russia have been reacting to their semi-final defeat to Croatia

"It is what it is, we'll try and play that game with as much pride and try and finish on a high, but we're still gonna be hurting of course in that game, in three or four days time we're still gonna be thinking about this one and what could have been, you know".

The much younger, faster and less worn out looking England side continued to cause Croatia problems going forward and also doubled their lead but a great Danijel Subasic save kept it at 1-0.

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

"So for them to go back to their country and take a nation like Croatia to the World Cup final is something wonderful".

World Cup Daily: Croatia's dream goes on while England wake up. Joska Jelicic, Croatia's self-styled answer to Gary Lineker, added: "They [England] have nothing to cry about - they were knocked out by the future world champions". Only this win against England did not go to penalties but Zlatko Dalic's men can look back at some impressive performances, most notably the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage, and draw inspiration from it. "The chances fell to him in the first half, but he wasn't quite good enough".

"We should have scored before extra-time but we have to be proud now of what we have done".

"We showed again that we were not exhausted - we dominated the game mentally and physically".


Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates at the end of the World Cup semifinal match against England at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

Meanwhile, England captain Kane struggled to hide his pain, as he admitted his team-mates failed to make the most of their chances to extend their adventure in Russian Federation.

Modric said: "We should have killed the game even before extra time".

"As I know, when you work overseas, you feel your country in a different way. It was a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone thought we could, we've just got to learn from it". Croatia have hardened warriors whose understanding of big matches at times came to the fore.

The fact that Henderson was probably England's best player and yet was pushed to the absolute limit showed just how good Luka Modric is.

Liverpool's Lovren is set to come up against Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane when Croatia and England meet on Wednesday. "We wanted to give the fans a final, but we have to dust ourselves down and go again in a couple of years".

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