Croatia v England - As it happened.

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 +14k

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Official lineups for the World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England. BeSoccer

Croatia v England - As it happened.

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 +14k

Join us for live text updates of the World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England from the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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FT: Croatia 2-1 England (AET). Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal secures Croatia a historic final date with Frace on Sunday in Moscow. England took the lead early on through Kieran Trippier, but Ivan Perisic kickstarted the fightback in the second half and the Croatia pressure eventually told.
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Rashford clips the ball in but Croatia clear and that should be that.
124'
Badejl handles Alli's attempted cross and England have one last chance form a dead ball.
120'
4 minutes added on. England need a goal.
120'
Croatia counter and Kramaric has Perisic all alone to his left but he opts to shoot and finds only the side-netting.
119'
Badejl replaces Modric for Croatia.
118'
Rashford whips in a free-kick from the left but it comes to nothing. It should have been a corner but a goal kick is the decision.
116'
Trippier appears to have done himself a mischief here and he can't continue. England are out of subs and will have to do this with ten men if at all.
115'
After wasting some three minutes with his cramp Mandzukic eventually makes way for Corluka.
113'
Subasic makes a dominant claim to get up above Dele Alli and stop England in their tracks.
112'
On comes Jamie Vardy for Kyle Walker. England are going for it now and they have to.
109'
GOAL! CROATIA! MANDZUKIC! 2-1! Don't worry about defending John Stones. The centre-back switches off completely as the ball drops in the box and Mandzukic is the only one alive to seize on the loose ball and slot past Jordan Pickford.
108'
Croatia feed Brozovic just inside the box with a quickly-taken corner, but his first-time effort fizzes over the bar.
106'
15 minutes left for someone to make themselves a hero.
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HT in ET: Croatia 1-1 England. Still nothing to choose between the sides after the first period of extra time.
105'
WHAT A SAVE! Perisic whips in an inviting ball form the left and Mandzukic gets there in front of his man, he looks destined to find the net only to be met by a brave stop from Pickford. Not only does the stopper keep the ball out, but he also clatters the striker in the process. Old-school goalkeeping.
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GREAT BLOCK! Croatia attack down the left and the ball is pulled back for Rakitic, but his effort is blocked to safety by Dier.
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2 minutes added on.
102'
Croatia take the free-kick short and England deal with it. We're no closer to finding a winner here.
102'
Kramaric replaces Rebic for Croatia. A change in system surely beckons?
101'
Rashford brings down a very theatric Vrsaljko down the right and Croatia have a free-kick.
99'
OFF THE LINE! Vrsaljko comes to Croatia's rescue to head John Stones' goalbound header off the line with Subasic beaten all ends up. So close for England.
98'
Rose marauds forward once again down the left and the ball eventually makes its way to Dier, whose effort is deflected behind for a corner.
97'
Eric Dier comes on for Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park.
96'
Rebic is booked for sliding in to bring down a marauding Rose 35 yards out with next to no chance of winning the ball.
95'
Pivaric replaces the strick Strinic in Croatia's first change.
94'
Strinic appears to have done a hammy and that'll be the end of his night.
93'
England have started more positively here, but Alli psses up the chance to have a crack from the edge of the box and is crowded out.
91'
We're back underway for 30 additional minutes!
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England make a change ahead of extra time as Danny Rose raplces Ashley Young at wing-back.
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FT: Croatia 1-1 England. We're going to extra time here in Moscow.
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Trippier finds club team-mate Kane with the delivery but he makes barely any contact with the header despite being unmarked and Croatia survive.
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Rashford brings down Rakitic out on the right and England have a chance to get the ball in the mixer late on here.
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3 minutes added on.
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Optimistic in the extreme from Lovren as he has a go from fully 30 yards. It never looks like threatening Jordan Pickford's goal.
87'
I can honestly say I have no diea which way this game is going to go. Both sides raid forward but the final pass isn't there for either and the chances are lost.
84'
CLOSE! Pickford comes for a ball he should leave to his defence and his punch lands at the feet of Perisic, who can only side-foot over first time.
83'
CHANCE! Mandzukic chests the ball down and beyond his man before hitting one on the turn from seven yards but Pickford makes a routine save.
81'
Terrifying stuff for England fans as three players, including Jordan Pickford as almost caught in possession.
78'
Rashford is looking dangerous as he drives at the Croatia defence before Henderson fires an ambitious volley from 25 yards wide.
77'
Lingard gets in down the right but he drags his attempt to find the far corner and it skids across the face of goal and out for a throw-in.
76'
Henderson and Kane each attempt to put Rashford in behind but both passes are cut out and the Manchester United man is flagged for offside.
74'
Gareth Southgate turns to the bench as Rashford comes on for Sterling.
73'
Strinic powers a rising drive over after England head a corner clear.
72'
OFF THE POST! England are on the ropes here. Another mix-up in defence presents the ball to Perisic. He goes past his man on the outside before looking for the far corner but his effort comes back off the base of the post before Rebic's follow-up is saved by Pickford.
70'
Well, it's game on here now in Moscow.
68'
GOAL! CROATIA! PERISIC! 1-1! Vrsaljko crosses from the right and Perisic steals in ahead of Walker to meet the ball with what appeared to be a high foot and direct the delivery beyond Pickford and into the back of the net.
67'
Kane lashes an ambitious volley into the side-netting from pretty much the byline down the right. Subasic was never worried.
65'
CHANCE! The ball breaks to Perisic on the edge of the box and he unleashes a rasping drive that is brilliantly blocked by the chest of Walker. Croatia are definitely improving here.
63'
Henderson slips Sterling in just inside the box with a wonderful slide-rule pass but Vida just gets a touch on the ball to prevent him from getting a clean strike away at the near post.
60'
Dominant goalkeeping from Pickford as he punches a Modric corner from the left to safety.
57'
Great defending from Lovren! Trippier sends in a first-time cross on the volley down the right and Kane looks to attack it with a diving header at the near post but the Liverpool centre-half gets there first to clear.
56'
Sterling beautifully cushions the ball back for Lingard on the edge of the box but his effort is deflected away for a corner.
54'
Walker is booked for picking the ball up to prevent a quick throw-in from Croatia. A couple of decision have gone against England and they're at risk of losing their heads.
53'
Kane is shoved to ground by Vrsaljko after jinking away from Lovren down by the corner flag but the referee waves play on.
48'
Mandzukic is booked for punching the ball away in frustration after Rebic caught Walker in the face under a high ball. That could open the floodgates.
46'
Croatia get the second half underway. 45 minutes separates one of these fwo from the World Cup final.
45'
HT: Croatia 0-1 England. Kieran Trippier's free-kick is the difference between the two sides at the break. England have been the better side and could and perhaps should have been 2-0 up as Harry Kane spurned a great chance. The Three Lions are looking incredibly dangerous on the counter and are just 45 minutes from only their second World Cup final in history.
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1 minute added on.
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CAREFUL! England overplay at the back and Rakitic almost gets in. He dinks the ball over the head of one man Gascoigne-esque but Kyle Walker does well to dispossess him before he can get a shot away.
43'
Desperation from Vrsaljko as he has a go from 30 yards. It sails high and wide of Pickford's goal.
40'
Rebic is given a final warning for a late challenge on Ashley Young.
38'
Sterling has an effort blocked away when he probably should have fed Alli, before Trippier's cross sails over everyone and out of play.
36'
England continue to threaten as Kane spins away in midfield and feeds Alli. He finds Lingard on the edge of the box but his attempt to clip the ball into the far corner doesn't have the requisite bend and it dribbles wide. England need the second goal their play has deserved.
32'
Rebic clatters Pickford as he punches away a long ball, but the stopper is straight back to his feet.
31'
Stones does brilliantly to scramble away Vrsaljko's low cross before Rebic fires straight at Pickford.
30'
SO CLOSE! A wonderful ball from Lingard slips Kane in one-on-one. He should score but Subasic keeps out his placed effort. The ball drops for Kane again, only for his effort from the narrowest of angles to ricochet off the post and off the goalkeeper to safety.
27'
Young whips it in towards the far post but Subasic gets up to punch it away.
27'
Another foul from Lovren as he trips Sterling down the left. No prizes for guessing whose head this will be aimed at.
25'
Perisic and Rebic are looking Croatia's biggest threats. They're two bundles of energy and pace down the flanks.
24'
Lingard picks up a good position down the right and spins away from his man and towards goal, but he gets the pass all wrong and the move comes crashing to a halt.
22'
DANGER! Croatia present the ball to Sterling just outside their own box and he slips in Kane, who inexplicably fires wide with only Subasic to beat. It doesn't matter though as he was a good three or four yards offside when the ball was played.
22'
There are calls for a booking as Lovren flattens Kane but the Croatia defender gets away with a warning.
21'
Maguire can only clear the ball into the path of Rebic, but Stones and Maguire throw themselves in front of his shot to ward off the danger.
19'
CLOSE! Perisic fires narrowly wide of Pickford's right-hand post after ghosting in off the left. The rpelays show it took a slight nick off Walker but goal kick is the decision.
17'
Croatia get their foot on the ball a bit now but Modric's ball out wide for Vrsaljko is too strong and the pressure eases.
14'
CHANCE! Maguire again! Trippier shapes in a corner from the right this time and the centre-back is completely unmarked 12 yards out, but his header drops agonisingly wide of the post. A terrific start from the Three Lions this!
12'
Young swings in a corner from the left and Harry Maguire meets it but he can't control his header and it sails over the bar.
10'
I for one really hope Kieran Trippier's new nickname sticks...
9'
Croatia force a corner down the right as Young fails to deal with a ball at the far post but it comes to nothing.
7'
Terrific goalkeeping from Pickford sees him claim a high ball above Mandzukic and ping a wonderful ball forward for Sterling on the counter but Vida comes across to make the challenge.
5'
GOAL! ENGLAND! TRIPPIER! 1-0! Pick that one out! What a start! The Spurs full-back curls the perfect free-kick over the wall and into the top corner to give Subasic no chance! England are in dreamland!
4'
Alli gets the wrong side of Modric and it tripped right on the edge of the box. What a position this is for Kieran Trippier.
3'
No signs of a lack of confidence from England as they stroke the ball around at the back early on here.
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England get us underway here in Moscow!
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A rousing rendition form both sets of players. We're minutes away now.
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The players take to the pitch for the anthems as we close in on kick-off!
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The atmosphere is building nicely here in Moscow!
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Will one of these two be the star for their side once again tonight?
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Here's how these two have fared recently going into this one:
Here's how these two have fared recently going into this one:
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England have lost their last three semi-finals at major tournaments.
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Only one player in the last nine World Cups has scored more than Harry Kane's tally of six goals, with Ronaldo scoring eight back in 2002.
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England have lost just one of their last six World Cup games (W3, D2, L1).
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Just the one change from Zlatko Dalic as Croatia bring in Marcelo Brozovic for Andrej Kramaric to shore up the midfield. Goalkeeper Danijel subasic and right-back Sime Vrsaljko are both passed fit despite striggling through their quarter-final win over Russia with injury.
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Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic; Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic.
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No changes for the Three Lions as Gareth Southgate keeps faith with what he appears to consider England's strongest side. Jordna Henderson overcomes his tight hamstring to start in the middle of the park.
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England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Young; Lingard, Sterling; Kane.
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England have arrived here at the Luzhniki:
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The calm before the storm in the England dressing room:
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This will be the eighth game between the two sides, with England edging the bragging rights (W4, D1, L2).
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Croatia have only lost one of their six World Cup knockout matches, with that coming in the 1998 semi-final against eventual winners France.
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The two sides have only ever met once before at a major tournament, with England emerging 4-2 winners at Euro 2004. A fresh-faced Wayne Rooney scored a brace that day, with further goals from Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard. Igor Tudor and Niko Kovac were on target for Croatia.
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England boss Gareth Southgate: "We came here to enjoy our football, all the way through we have been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced team, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go. The hunger in the players has been apparent for all to see. We have dealt with difficult situations in games. We have made several pieces of history... so we're just looking to keep breaking those barriers down."
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Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic: "We have nice memories from France [when Croatia reached the semis in 1998], our players did a great job... We want to get close to them, although it is difficult to repeat this endeavour, but we will try. We respect everyone - England, Belgium, France. But none of the three squads is better than us!"
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This is only Croatia's second World Cup semi-final following their stunning tournament debut in 1998, whilst England have reached the final four for the first time since 1990 and only the third time in their history.
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Hello and welcome! A spot in the Sunday's World Cup final is at stake tonight as Croatia and England face off in Moscow in the second semi-final. Strap yourselves in as this promises to be a rollercoaster ride for both sides!
Matt Morley

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