FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 (RUSSIA) SEMI FINALS


CROATIA  <b><font color=red> 2-1  </b></font> ENGLAND
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CROATIA ENTERED THE FINAL TO FACE FRANCE
11.07.2018 (SF-2) : CROATIA 2-1 ENGLAND (FT)
ENG : Tripper 4'.
CRO : Perisic 68', Mandzukic 109'
MOM Ivan Peresic ( CROATIA)

CROATIA : Subasic, Virsaljko, Strinic, Perisic, Lovren, Rakitic, Modrec, Brozovec, Mandzukic, Rebic, Veda.
ENGLAND :Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Lingard, Henderson, Sterling, Kane, Tripper, Young, Dale.

REFEREE : CAKIR CUNEYT (TERKEY).

CROATIA  <b><font color=red> 2-1  </b></font> ENGLAND
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FIFA MATCH REPORT : Croatia have reached their first FIFA World Cup™ Final, coming from behind to defeat England 2-1 after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow - with Mario Mandzukic's extra time goal the decisive strike.

The game had started so well for the Three Lions. Less than five minutes were on the clock when Kieran Trippier curled a delicious free-kick past the helpless Danijel Subasic.

Croatia struck back after the break. After continually increasing the pressure on the Three Lions, Sime Vrsaljko's pinpoint cross was met by Ivan Perisic, who snuck in to level from close range. Less than five minutes later, Perisic found himself in space in the English penalty area, but his effort struck the post, and the follow-up was gratefully held by Jordan Pickford.

The Inter Milan man's effort off the woodwork was the closest either side came to taking the lead before the 90 minutes were up, meaning England faced a second period of extra time at Russia 2018 - with Croatia undertaking a third consecutive additional 30 minutes.

Vatreni did not need penalties this time though. Mandzukic ghosted in behind the English defence, who momentarily lost concentration, and the Juventus man hammered home a historic strike to send his country into their maiden World Cup Final.

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FRANCE  <b><font color=red> 1-0  </b></font> BELGIUM
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FRANCE ENTERED THE FINAL
10.07.2018 ( SF-1): FRANCE 1-0 BELGIUM (FT)
FRA : SAMUEL UMTITI (51')
M.O.M.: SAMUEL UMTITI ( FRANCE)
FRA : Llrois, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe, Kante, Matuidi, Hernandez.
BEL : Courtois, Alderweirald, Kompany, Witsel, Vertonghen, De Bruyni, Felani, Lukaku, Hazard, Dembele, Chadli.
REFEREE : CUNHA ANDRES (URUGUAY)
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France book their place in their first World Cup Final for 12 years
fifa.com report : Samuel Umtiti's headed winner has returned France to the FIFA World Cup™ Final for the third time in 20 years, sealing a 1-0 win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg. The first half saw chances at either end, with Belgium captain Eden Hazard going close before Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois denied Toby Alderweireld and Benjamin Pavard respectively to ensure the opening period ended all square.

fifa.com : Didier Deschamps, France coach: "Their progress is huge. The players today are going to be even stronger in two years' time and in four years' time but today they are already competitive. We don't do everything right but of course there is a progression. FIFA World Cup 2018 live score Russia
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"I'm very proud of them, I'm very proud of their mentality as well because I know it's not just that you are playing at a high level that you are going to score goals but with our state of mind we can climb mountains and that's what we've done so far."

fifa.com : Roberto Martinez, Belgium coach: "It was a very tight game, there were not many big moments that were going to decide the game. The difference between the defeat or winning was down to one dead-ball situation, that's how close the game was.

"We have to give a lot of credit to the way France defended, even having certain attacking players defending very deep and giving us a lot of respect in that way. We couldn't find the little bit of magic in front of goal or a little bit of luck at times.

"But if you're going to lose a game, I'm so proud of the players - you lose with a lot of effort, giving everything you've got, driving until the last second. You have to accept it, congratulate France and wish them well for the Final."