MOSCOW: Croatia qualified for the World Cup final for the first time in their history on Wednesday, after defeating the England team in the semi final by 2-1.
Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic´s extra-time winner prolonged England´s suffering in major tournaments and set up a decider against France.
Mandzukic score a winning goal in the semi final after Croatia faces first blow in the start of the match in a tense contest 2-1 in front of 78,000 spectators in the Luzhniki Stadium.
Croatia — a country of just four million people — have surpassed the achievements of the heroes of 1998, who reached the semi-finals in France.
Croatia´s players celebrated wildly in front of their supporters in Moscow while in Zagreb tens of thousands of fans poured onto the streets and squares, singing and waving red-white-and-blue flags.
Having led for over an hour, the defeat will be difficult for England to digest as their hopes of reaching a first World Cup final since 1966 were crushed, but their young team have won many admirers in Russia.