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The players meet again on Wednesday when Croatia and England clash and, with a place in the World Cup final at stake, there is no better time and chance for Lovren to finally redeem himself. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't". They became the aggressors, pushing the attack and threatening several times when England's defense seemed to relax.

Gareth Southgate's men threw everything that they had at the Croatians, including - it turns out - an attempt to take advantage of a perceived rule loophole.

Devastated England fans after Croatia scored the winning goal.

"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".

"We've left everything out there, you can look at the goals and the chances, but I don't think over the six or seven weeks we've been together we could've given any more".

However, Ivan Perisic's excellent finish with just over 20 minutes remaining forced the game to extra-time. He knows what to say at the right times and he makes you feel like you're the best player in the world. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match and is the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal.

What is not in doubt is their quality. "It's just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way".


'English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake, ' Real Madrid's Modric told ITV.

Fan footage has emerged on social media showing England attempting to kick-off and score while Croatian players were off the field celebrating their second goal.

Defender Sime Vrsaljko lofted a pass toward England's goal.

Midfielder Modric said the team had been motivated by people saying they would be "tired" after their previous two matches went to penalty shootouts.

Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead after scoring in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, giving the Balkan nation its first ever place in the finals in history, a result that surprised even some fans.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of extra time Wednesday to send Croatia past England and into Sunday's World Cup final against France with a 2-1 victory.

  • Steve Townsend