Former Sussex schooolboy suffers World Cup semi-final heartbreak

Former Sussex schooolboy suffers World Cup semi-final heartbreak

In pushing the match to extra-time they became the first team at a World Cup to go into an additional 30 minutes in three successive matches.

But he felt vindicated after keeping Kane quiet as Croatia crushed England's World Cup dreams by coming from behind to win an epic semi- final 2-1 and book their place against France on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Croatia, who dashed England's hopes of a World Cup final spot, are the "dark horse", the research found, while "dominate" and "impress" were also frequently used in connection with the team.

Croatia made history by surpassing the 1998 team that lost in the semi- finals.

Roberto Martinez's men were edged out 1-0 by France in Tuesday night's semi-final - which was held at the St Petersburg Stadium, the same venue as this match.

Southgate said playing regularly in big matches was a key stage of development for his players and that the way they dropped away in the second half was perhaps a result of their inexperience.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.


"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN. We did not underestimate them.

"We knew what they were doing and where".

"By the end several players were out on their feet and we were down to 10". But I'm remarkably proud of a group of players who have really advanced. Croatia has never won it all but will finally get their shot on Sunday. Their route to the final in Russian Federation has included a 3-0 win against Argentina in the groups, with Croatia finishing top of the group.

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

"And this is exactly what they did - they enjoyed their football".

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