Croatia — England 2:1 (in extra time)
Croatia: Subašić, Vrsaljko, Strinic (Pivaric, 95), Lovren, Vida, Perisic, Modric (Badelj, 119), Brozović, Rakitic, Mandzukic (Corluka, 115), Rebić (Kramaric, 101).
EnglishI: Pickford, Walker (Vardy, 112), stones, Maguire, Trippier, Henderson (Dyer, 97), sterling (Rashford, 74), young (rose, 90+1), alli, Lingard, Kane.
Goals: Perisic (68), Mandzukic (109) — Trippier (5).
When the pig-predictor Marcus during the morning broadcast on one of British TV’s predicted England’s win over the Croats (boar picked apples with the “native” checkboxes), and this became known to the coach of the team from Albion Gareth Southgate, he seems to have been not against such an outcome semifinal duel. But the 47-year-old told a funny story about superstitions.
“Then, in 2009, I coached the “Middlesbrough,” and we had a match against “reading”, — said the expert. — At me in the club were under huge pressure. I went to change clothes in the hotel and forgot socks. Then I turned to the man responsible for the form, and asked for a pair of black goalkeeper socks. We won, and the coaching staff felt that it was because of happy socks. I was told that I should wear them for the next game.
We got home before the match against “Watford” I am going to change and I thought, “Hmmm, should I wear these socks?” We really need to win, but I thought, “No, it’s crazy.” In General, we lost the match.
A few days later, we met with Derby County, and I decided that I’m going to wear these socks again. I did it, we won 2:0. And then I climbed the stairs, and I was… fired. Since I don’t believe in all this stuff”.
At the time, the Croatian team put the England pig. Beating the opponents in Zagreb (2:0), Wembley (3:2), the team of Slaven Bilic refused to let the founders of football in the final tournament of Euro-2008, giving a start… the Russians. Thus the Russians, who years after the emergence of online sensational video began to criticize the rabid mind and Vukojevic.
Is to pay tribute to the good memory of the England players in world Cup qualifying 2010 full they wanted to get even with their offenders, twice defeating balkantsev 4:1 and 5:1 (higher then the Croats in the group the team of Ukraine).
In the semi-finals of the world Championships England had previously been two times, the Croats again. On the home world Cup in 1966 Her Majesty’s subjects not only made it to the finals, but in the end, got only gold. But the 1990 world Cup they were unlucky defeat on penalties in the confrontation with Germany. The national team of Croatia has not used his chance to play in the final match at the 1998 world Cup, where they lost to eventual winners France (however, in the match for third place prosinecki and company defeated the Netherlands). And here is a new attempt — on the stadium “Luzhniki” in Moscow. Albion, bookies and a large part of the crowd is the Russian arena for England. The people of Croatia and in the majority of the football people of Ukraine… (after what happened with Vida and Ognjen Vukojević!) for Modric and company.
By the way, the previous two meetings in the playoffs, which the blazers in the penalty shootout beat Danes and Russians, was attended by the President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. This time their compatriots from the VIP boxes of the Moscow “Luzhniki” was supported by the Prime Minister of the country Andrey Plenkovich and Chairman of Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic, who arrived at the semifinals of the 2018 world Cup for its own account normal flight (officials from the England match and the whole tournament is ignored). Attended the game and expelled from the Croatian delegation Ognjen Vukojevic.
However, already at 5 minutes, the guests from Zagreb upset cool direct free kick performed by the Tottenham defender Kieran of Trippier, who scored his debut goal for England — 0:1. Nine of his 12 goals for the 2018 world Cup team Southgate scored after “standards” — new world Championships record (world Cup-1966 eight times distinguished Portuguese).
“Great first half from England. They definitely deserved to lead the score. 45 minutes separated the team from having to write his name in history,” — wrote in the break on his Twitter page of the famous England forward Gary Lineker.
Only here in the remaining 45 minutes of the young Brits had to face. And in the middle of the second half they did not keep track of the player of Italian “Intera” Ivan Perisic — 1:1. Moreover, soon the author of the decisive penalty against the Russians could make a “double”, but the British were saved by the post. In the end, Croatia (for the third time in the tournament!) and England (the second) had to play overtime.
At 98 minutes, the British had a great chance to take the lead, but after a header by John Sconza Sime vrsaljko took out a ball from empty gate. Croats answered no less acute when only a brilliant reaction goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved the British after hitting Mario Mandzukic. However, in the 109th striker, Juventus has brought his team to a historic victory — 2:1.
For the first time in the history of Croatia in the world Cup final! July 15 (at 18.00) at the stadium “Luzhniki” in Moscow a rival team Galicia will be the team of France. Russian fans will have another chance in the semi-finals, Boo mind. As for the Brits, on 14 July in Saint-Petersburg in the match for third place (17.00) the founders of football will play against Belgium.
Let me remind you that the team finishes the tournament in fourth place, will receive from FIFA $ 22 million in prize money, third team 28 million, finalist — 32 million and the winner — 38 million in U.S. currency.
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