England 1-2 Croatia | Mario Mandžukić Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Pickford denies Mandzukic. Perisic sends a dream of a pass into the feet of Mandzukic in the box. He expects to tap the ball past Pickford into the net, but the keeper is alert to the danger and spreads himself to make the vital block.

Both team are tiring as we enter the closing stages of game. There’s 15 minutes left before penalties. Can anyone find a winner?

England fall asleep from the corner and Brozovic latches on to the pass from Modric. However, the midfielder blasts his effort over the bar.

Croatia take the lead as England fall asleep at the back. A simple header allows Mandzukick to drift in behind Stones before he slots his strike beyond the reach of Pickford. Croatia are closing in on a place in the final.

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Mario Mandžukić Goal

England 1-1 Croatia | Ivan Perišić Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Henderson releases Sterling in the final third and he tries to beat the challenge of Vida. He goes down under pressure from the defender’s challenge. However, the referee waves play on.

England are reeling at the back as Modric whips a cross into the box. It’s cleared as far as Perisic on the edge and he goes for the blast. His effort looks to be heading towards the net, only for Walker to put his body on the line for the Three Lions to make the block.

Kane is able to ease the pressure on his team by winning a free-kick from Vrsaljko’s challenge. Croatia are in the game now.

Kane breaks into the right inside channel to latch on to Trippier’s offload, but he blasts his strike into the side-netting.

Perisic gets in front of Walker at the cross and he guides his strike beyond the reach of Pickford into the bottom corner. Vrsaljko was afforded space and time on the right flank and he whipped the ball into the box. Perisic made a late run before stuck his foot out ahead of Walker to guide his effort into bottom corner.

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Ivan Perišić Goal

England 1-0 Croatia | Kieran Trippier Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Lingard leaves one on Rakitic on the edge of the Croatia box. He receives the first talking to of the contest by referee Ceneyt Cakir.

Pickford tries to pick out Young on the left flank, but his delivery sails over the head of the wing-back and that of Vrsaljko to travel out for a throw-in.

Alli is tripped on the edge of the box by Modric after a neat piece of control by Lingard. The referee awards England a free-kick in striking distance.

Trippier converts from the free-kick to hand England a dream start to the contest. The full-back lined up his effort from 20 yards and curled his strike over the wall. Subasic attempted to get across, but the strike was well placed to travel beyond the keeper into the top corner. A super strike to hand the Three Lions the lead.

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Kieran Trippier Goal

England vs Croatia Live Streaming HD | FIFA World Cup 2018

This is a FIFA World Cup semi-final decades in the making. Both sides have waited patiently for their turn, each experiencing heartbreak in prior editions since they last appeared in the final four. Croatia have ‘only’ had to wait 20 years (semi-finalists at France 1998), while England last reached the semi-final stage 28 years ago at Italy 1990.

Indeed, this first World Cup meeting between the pair will have a historic outcome. Croatia were defeated by hosts France back in 1998, meaning they have never reached a World Cup Final, while the Three Lions have only reached the Final once before, when they lifted their sole World Cup Trophy more than half-a-century ago – on home soil in 1966.

If both coaches are honest, they will admit that before Russia 2018 started, they would not have anticipated reaching this stage. But both sides have certainly earned their place with valiant performances. Croatia have endured two gruelling 120-minute epics, with nerve-shredding penalty shootout wins in the knockout rounds so far against Denmark and the hosts. England overcame their own penalty hex in the Round of 16 against Colombia, winning a first World Cup shootout at the fourth time of asking before defeating Sweden in the last eight.

Croatia believe they can deal with Harry Kane after ‘stopping Messi’ in the group stages. Zlatko Dalic undoubtedly believes in his team, but how much more energy do his players have left? The Vatreni have played 240 minutes in six days and exhausted players pose the biggest problem for the Croatia coach. Also, his side have scored nine goals so far, with eight different goalscorers contributing. That is great for Dalic, but the coach is undoubtedly looking for a greater contribution from his forwards.

The Croatian camp are unlikely to be surprised by Gareth Southgate’s team selection, with no reported injury concerns and a consistent starting XI. England have shown they can adapt to the different styles of play they’ve faced in Russia 2018 so far and this time they’ll focus on containing and overcoming Croatia’s dangerous midfield. It might be a tighter, more closed contest than England would like, yet they wriggled free from Sweden’s attempts to restrict them and will stay faithful to their own system.

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France 1-0 Belgium | Highlights and Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

France have booked their place in the World Cup final, after defeating Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final at the St Petersburg Stadium.

Samuel Umtiti delivered the winner for France with his header from Antoine Griezmann’s corner in the second half.

France’s opponents in the World Cup final on Sunday will be decided tonight, when England face Croatia in Moscow.

Blaise Matuidi returned to France’s starting line-up for their World Cup semi-final showdown with Belgium after serving a one-match ban.

The defensive midfielder missed the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Uruguay after collecting his second yellow card of the tournament, but was recalled for the game in St Petersburg in place of Corentin Tolisso.

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier was forced to sit out for the same reason after his caution during the last eight victory over Brazil with midfielder Mousa Dembele taking his place.

Toby Alderweireld came closest to opening the scoring in a tight first half with a 22nd-minute shot on the turn which France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to claw away at full-stretch.

But although full-back Benjamin Pavard was denied by Thibaut Courtois at the other end five minutes before the break after being played in by the lively Kylian Mbappe, the sides went in at half-time with the deadlock unbroken.

France took the lead six minutes into the second half when Umtiti got to Griezmann’s corner ahead of Marouane Fellaini and saw his header clip the Belgium midfielder on its way into the net.

Samuel Umtiti Goal

Lloris save

Mbappe dribble

Lukaku Miss

France 1-0 Belgium | Samuel Umtiti Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

France have been wasteful with the golden opportunities they have created, with Giroud in particular showing poor finishing, and that will need to improve for the second period. Belgium have been banging on the door, with Hazard their most dangerous outlet, but they need Lukaku to be on the end of De Bruyne’s dangerous deliveries.

A very balanced first period with both sides having dangerous moments in front of goal, requiring Courtois and Lloris to make fine saves. Belgium had the better of the opportunities early on but the tempo of the match shifted in France’s favour as the game edged closer towards the break.

Giroud swiftly turns Kompany to provide room for a shot but the Manchester City defender gets a crucial boot to the ball, deflecting the ball behind for a corner.

France strike first from the resulting corner! Griezmann curls a cross towards the near post where Umtiti rises above Fellaini to head home, with the ball also taking a touch off the Belgium midfielder.

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Samuel Umtiti Goal

France vs Belgium Live Streaming HD | FIFA World Cup 2018

Having both secured their seats at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia table until next weekend’s fight for medals, France and Belgium now have to see who will be pursuing gold and who is left searching for bronze. A potentially career-crowning Final is as little as an hour and a half of football away.

The pair arrived with high hopes but outsiders had their doubts about whether the two extravagant jigsaws comprised of stupendous talent could be pieced together in time for a true assault on the Final. While defensive doubts have arisen – against Argentina and Japan respectively – both have stood firm, with Belgium now enjoying their best major tournament since Mexico 1986.

The Red Devils will be without a key – if less flashy – part of their puzzle against France, with Thomas Meunier picking up a second booking prior to them being wiped for the semi-finals. Les Bleus will however be buoyed by the return of Blaise Matuidi, after sitting out a suspension of his own.

Les Bleus impressed against Argentina through offensive flair, and against Uruguay by their unit’s solidity. Now, they need to beat the most spectacular team of the tournament so far. Belgium’s biggest threat: Eden Hazard. France’s solution: Ngolo Kante. This clash between the Chelsea team-mates (and two of the best players of the competition) will likely be key to the result.

Roberto Martinez may be willing to switch to a classic 4-4-2 approach, without Meunier to call upon, to adapt to the French. If so, Nacer Chadli may start on the right, with Yannick Carrasco returning on the opposite flank. The Red Devils are looking readier than ever physically, psychologically and in their football to prove that their “golden generation” moniker is justified.

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Croatia 2(4)-(3)2 Russia | Highlights and Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

Croatia will meet England in the World Cup last four after defeating the host nation Russia 4-3 in a quarter-final penalty shootout in Sochi.

The teams were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and remained locked – though at 2-2 – after extra time, before being forced into a shootout.

Russia and Croatia had traded goals during the 90 minutes at the Fisht Stadium. Denis Cheryshev scored the opener for the host nation before Andrej Kramaric equalised and the teams went into extra time.

Domagoj Vida then appeared to give Croatia the edge with his goal in the first half of extra time but Mario Fernandes struck back for the host nation in the 115th minute. The teams then entered the shootout.

The winners will play England in the semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

Stanislav Cherchesov made one change to his starting lineup. The only alteration from the hosts’ last-16 win against Spain being Denis Cheryshev, scorer of three goals in the tournament for the host nation, come in for Yuri Zhirkov.

There was also one change to Croatia’s team from their match against Denmark, with the former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric replacing Marcelo Brozovic.

Russia grabbed the lead in the 31st minute through a superb effort from Denis Cheryshev. The Villarreal man played a one-two with Artem Dzyuba before firing past Danijel Subasic from just outside the box.

Eight minutes later Croatia drew level as Andrej Kramaric got on the scoresheet, connecting with a Mario Mandzukic cross and nodding the ball in from close range.

The 1-1 interval scoreline reflected the balance of play after Cheryshev’s strike ignited a late explosion of action in the first half.

Denis Cheryshev Goal

Andrej Kramaric Goal

Domagoj Vida Goal

Mario Fernandes Goal

Rakitic winning goal

Croatia 2-1 Russia | Domagoj Vida Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

The sides are playing in the directions they did in the first half, and Russia are making the earlier moves with intent. They press down the right wing before conceding the throw-in as Croatia prepare for a change.

Croatia appeared poised to make a change to repalce Vrsaljko, with the right-back having pulled up with a leg problem – yet they instead hold off, playing with 10 men as he gets treatment in the technical area. If Subasic isn’t fully fit, it will be a massive risk to leave him on.

Now Mandzukic is hobbling in midfield as Russia swarm forward again through Smolov to no avail. Croatia are walking wounded right now, it seems.

The change is in – and Vrsaljko has not recovered from his injury. Vedran Corluka is the man who arrives to bolster Croatia’s defence, meaning Subasic will have to stay out there until the end – and that very well may include a penalty shoot-out.

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Domagoj Vida Goal

Croatia 1-1 Russia | Denis Cheryshev and Andrej Kramaric Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

Vrsaljko guides a lovely ball in behind the Russian defensive line for Perisic to head home, but the Croatian man can only push his header wide at the far-left post.

Strinic gives away a foolish free-kick with a clumsy challenge on Samedov, out on the right wing. Russia are within touching distance of the Croatian box here.

Cheryshev manages to brush his head across the set-piece delivery but it only goes to Subasic who stops it with ease.

What an outrageous strike from the Villarreal man! Dzyuba slips around the Croatian defence and squares a ball to his striker, who takes one step around Vida and launches a 25-yard shot that nestles itself behind a shocked Subasic in the top-left corner! The hosts have the lead just after the half-hour mark!

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Denis Cheryshev Goal

Andrej Kramaric goal