Sports Watch: Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal sends Croatia to World Cup final

01:07  12 july  2018
01:07  12 july  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1

  Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1 When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday.Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

England' s bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end in the last four as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow. Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109 th minute , slotting in from Ivan Perisic' s flick-on into the area.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109 th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time. Croatia reached their first World Cup final , where they will face France on Sunday.

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Mario Mandzukic stepped up in the big moment.

With his Croatia side and England knotted at one apiece in extra time of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, the Juventus striker capitalised on a brief lapse in concentration from the English backline, pouncing inside the penalty area before driving the ball beyond Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute.

The goal stood up as the winner and sent Croatia to its first-ever World Cup final, where France awaits on Sunday.

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