Croatia overturns England and faces France in the World Cup final! What mental of the Croats! Scored in the 5th minute and in physical difficulty, Modric’s teammates were woken up by a goal from Perisic before Mandzukic gave them the qualification in overtime (2-1). Croatia qualifies for its first final and will challenge France Sunday for a title of the world champion!
The lesson: twenty years later, Croatia will find the Blues …
… but in the final of the World Cup! At the heart of a semi-final rather strange in its course and its physiognomy, the Croats have trapped English who had the game in hand during a big hour of play but then inexplicably collapsed. For the first time in its history, the selection of former Yugoslavia will experience a World Cup final. Twenty years after the exploits of Thuram in the last square at the World Cup in the hexagon, Croatia will face the Blues to try to get the first star. But it was hard for Rakitic’s teammates. In the fifth minute, after a guilty foul by Modric on Alli, Trippier sent a superb free-kick into the nets of Subasic (0-1, 5th, see the video here). Knowing the strength of the formidable British defense, we could then have some fears for the Croats in their ambition to return to the mark. In front of the score, England closed his defense in double turn. The wall, which had only conceded three goals since the start of the competition, left almost no opportunity for Mandzukic and Croatia. The first alert occurred after the hour of play when the strike of Perisic was pushed in the catastrophe by Walker (65th). But it is especially the lack of juice and energy of the Croats that jumped at the eyes. Like a Modric certainly accurate in his passes, but unable to create the slightest spark to put his people in the right way.All this until the awakening signed Perisic. On a perfect cross from Vrsaljko to the far post, the Inter Milan player surprised Walker to take up the leather acrobatically, a bit like an Ibrahimovic. Pickford was beaten, and everything had to be redone (1-1, 68th, see the video here ). This equalization changed absolutely everything. As transcended and rebooted, Croatia, like a Modric who returned to his level of excellence that makes him a credible candidate for the Golden Ball France Football, relied on the accelerator and saw England panic! Four minutes after the goal, the same Perisic, after a British mistake, touched the post (72nd, see the video here ). Direction extension.
If Vrsaljko, on his line, made a capital and decisive rescue for his country after a head of Stones (99th), it is Mandzukic who sent his people in the final by transforming a seemingly harmless head of Perisic (2). -1, 109e, see the video here ). A goal, a decisive pass: Perisic is also one of the heroes of the evening for a Croatia finally qualified for the final. A final she will play against France with 90 minutes more (and a day of less recovery) in the legs than her opponent, she has played three extra in eighths, quarters and a half. This could weigh heavily this Sunday.
For England, who dreamed of a first final since 1966, she can only blame herself. But if, until then, his youth was not really felt during the competition, his lack of experience and coolness in the hot moments was really prejudicial in this quest …
He had a complicated match. Firstly. Wounded for over an hour, Mandzukic broke his teeth on the Stones-Walker-Maguire wall, which once again mastered his subject. At least, they thought. His first opportunity came only seven minutes from the end of regulation time when, when served by Rakitic, he saw Pickford intervene (83). All before becoming the hero in the extension. Alerted by a center from the left, the Juve striker first stumbled on Pickford who made a splendid stop in his feet (105 + 3) in the heart of a spectacular action where Mandzukic struggled to get up. Finally, after a head of Perisic, he escaped the vigilance of Stones, guilty on this one, to send his country to paradise (2-1, 109th). Before going out, the pain is too strong. No doubt his name will be chanted all night in Croatia.
The loser: Lingard can only blame himself
He is the symbol of England unable to kill the match. Indeed, he could have twice freed his country in two situations where he was ideally placed. But each time he has failed in large widths. It can not be said that Jesse Lingard is an ace of finishing, and he is sure he has huge progress to make in this area. Faced with Croatia, and while Trippier opened the scoring, the Manchester United player had a huge opportunity to double the half-time goal at 36 minutes. After a good move with Kane, Alli shifted his partner in the axis. Absolutely alone, the Mancunian opened his foot too much and did not fit. Rebelote to thirteen minutes of the term (77th) when Croatia was back late. Shifted to the right of the surface, Lingard was arming and saw his shot going largely past the cages. Sure that the English fans will remember these two actions by wondering how their country could be eliminated in this way.