England Croatia World Cup semi-final

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Gareth Southgate consoles his England players after the World Cup loss to Croatia

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England Croatia World Cup semi-final

The dream is over after defeat to Croatia, but there are positives to take from England’s run to the semi-finals

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 – 8:20am

Croatia 2 England 1 (after extra-time)

Gareth Southgate’s gallant England side have been hailed for their efforts in Russia despite a heartbreaking defeat to Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup last night.

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England, aiming for a first World Cup final since 1966, took an early lead against Croatia thanks to Kieran Trippier’s free kick, but despite dominating the first half they unravelled in the second.

Ivan Perisic equalised for Croatia after 70 minutes to force extra time and a goal from Mario Mandzukic after 109 minutes ended the Three Lions’ hopes.

“England had history in their hands and a first World Cup final since 1966 in their sights as the clock ticked past 10pm in Moscow – only to let it all slip away and so leave this historic city with familiar feelings of despair and disappointment,” laments Phil McNulty of the BBC.

“The years of hurt will go on – and for all the optimism raised by England’s deeds in Russia over the last month, there will be a burning sense of missed opportunity that will take a long time to erase.”

GUARDIAN SPORT: The hurt goes on. #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/49zBI19iBs

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 11, 2018

But after an uplifting campaign we should reflect on the positives, says Barney Ronay of

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