England Fans Are Slating Referee From World Cup Semi-Final

Elena Summers
July 13, 2018

They will go home as heroes to a nation that has fallen back in love with its national team. As for England, their challenge faded badly after taking the lead in the semi-final and in the end, they simply could not compete against a hungrier Croatia team.

"We deserved the victory", said match-winner Mandzukic. The injuries started to pile up, legs looked gassed and the opportunity to seal it became reality for Mandzukic, who sneaked behind the back of England defender John Stones to score the victor.

Both Portugal and England appeared to adhere to that in the group stage, with both making sure to keep one player on the opposing side's half of the field while celebrating dramatic goals.

With such a youthful squad taking part in Russian Federation, there is clearly a hope that Wednesday's semi-final defeat won't be the last time that this group of players contest the latter stages of a major tournament. Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, equalised through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more risky side. It wasn't the outcome we wanted and as painful as it is right now, I'm sure we will learn an terrible lot from last night's game.

Croatia need a goal soon.

England scored just five minutes into the match when defender Kieran Trippier beautifully arced a free kick over the wall of Croatian players that nestled into the upper right corner of the Croatian goal. But we are also strong and we will give everything, leave our hearts and souls on the pitch, as in every game.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli of England following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. It's going to hurt for a while of course. "Only great teams can be as fearless as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said. It's been a fantastic journey. I think knockout football is about fine margins and when you have good spells against fine sides you need to take your chances. First of all I'm so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together.

France, who boast a powerful mix of youth and experience, will start favourites when they play the third World Cup final in their history after they beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, sparking jubilant scenes in Paris.

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