Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

Croatia shrug

But the team's performance over the past month - with a 6-1 trouncing of Panama, their first ever World Cup penalties win and first World Cup semi-final since 1990 - has seen them reconnect with a disillusioned fan base.

"Maybe (that was) a effect of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

Rising high at the back post to meet another precise free kick from Kieran Trippier, Kane misconnected and the ball bounced wide of the goal.

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They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

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Then Mandzukic scored, giving Croatia the lead for the first time in the match, and there was no way back for England.

Around 7,000 England fans had managed to get hold of tickets through official channels, with 2,180 doing so via the England Supporters Travel Club tickets and the rest in Federation Internationale de Football Association sales.

The official attendance was given as 78,011.


The surge of support for Southgate is a remarkable turnaround from the mid-1990s when he was ridiculed for missing a decisive penalty in England's semi-final shootout defeat to Germany at the 1996 European Championships.

Sorry we couldn't cross that final hurdle. "The only disappointment was that we were 1-0 up, and we should have been more".

"We take it on the chin, we move on".

Dejan Lovren made history with Croatia on Wednesday night but wants to rewrite it immediately by helping his country lift the World Cup.

Parv Moondi, 49, from Norwich, was heading out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow. We have three days to prepare ourselves.

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match".

"This was the dream, we could've made it". He said: "I'm gutted".

The odds are already out for the 2018 World Cup final of France vs. Croatia on Sunday, but don't forget that there is also a game on Saturday.

"It was a tough first half. In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

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