Croatia managed to advance to the 2018 World Cup finals after conquering England 2-1 at Luzhniki Stadium, thus Vatreni will face France in the top game.
England winning first when the game was only five minutes old. Kieran Trippier curled free kick into the left corner of the goal can not be reached Danijel Subasic.
Left behind one goal forcing Croatia to appear more attacking. However, this condition actually opened the gap for the UK to launch a dangerous counterattack.
England almost doubled the lead in the 29th minute. Receiving feedback Jesse Lingard in the penalty box, Harry Kane tried to send the ball to the far post but still can be blocked Subasic.
Wild balls can still be controlled by Kane, but his second shot still hit Subasic’s leg before bouncing off the goalpost so the ball moved away.
The tension of the game rose in the second half. Especially after Croatia managed to equalize in the 68th. Ivan Perisic successfully welcomes Sime Vrsaljko’s cross to tear Pickford’s goal.
Vatreni almost turned the lead in the 70th minute. Perisic left foot shot still hit the goalposts. The ball rebound struck by Ante Rebic but the ball is still right to point at Pickford’s arms.
England tried to lower fresh blood on the front lines. Marcus Rashford comes on for Raheem Sterling. However, the young English player is still not able to do much.
Score draw still lasted until normal time ended and forced to proceed to extra round time 2×15 minutes.
Croatia almost excelled in injury time extra first round. Mario Madzukic managed to snatch a low cross Perisic, but the golden opportunity can still be thwarted Pickford.
Mandzukic finally redeemed the failure by scoring in the 109th minute. Juventus attacker was successfully completed the bait with a shot Perisic left foot that can not dammed Pickford.
The Three Lions continue to work hard to equalize in the remaining time, but the attacks are often ran aground in the Croatian defense area. Croatian advantage 2-1 last until the fight is over.
Thus, Croatia will face France in the top game. While England will still meet with Belgium for third place.