Croatia to face France for the World Cup

Croatia scores in the 109th minute to punch their ticket to Sunday's World Cup Final

Brayton Wilson
July 12, 2018 - 7:14 am

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final is set to take place Sunday from Moscow, Russia.

Croatia became the second team to punch their ticket to Sunday's final as they beat England 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday. It will be the first time in Croatia's soccer program history that they will compete for a World Cup title.

It was England who got off to the fast start as Kieran Trippier scored the match's first goal in the fifth minute of action. Trippier was awarded a free kick early in the contest, and put his shot to the left corner of the Croatian net past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

England controlled a good amount of play in the first half and took the 1-0 lead into the break. However, it was Croatia who stormed back in the second half, looking to tie the match.

The game-tying goal came in the 68th minute when midfielder Ivan Perišić gets a foot over the head of English defender Kyle Walker and re-directs a Šime Vrsaljko kick into the back of the net.

After four minutes of stoppage time, the second World Cup semifinal matchup remained tied at 1-1 and needed extra time.

At the 109th minute, it was the Croatians taking the lead as Perišić gets up and manages to head a pass ahead to Mario Mandžukić. Mandžukić got behind the English defenders and put a kick with his left foot past the left leg of goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

The English would go into scramble mode for the final minutes of action, however it was not enough as Croatia held on toearn the right to play for their first World Cup.

Croatia will face France in the World Cup Final on Sunday at 11 a.m. England will face Belgium in the third place game on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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