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Croatia makes history, and adds to England's long wait, with victory in World Cup semifinals

Croatia makes history, and adds to England's long wait, with victory in World Cup semifinals
Thursday 12
7:27 2018

MOSCOW — The year Croatia achieved independence, England was 25 years removed from its lone appearance in a World Cup final. The pain and disappointment left by quadrennial shortcomings for the founders of modern soccer — as well as missteps in other major competitions — were still in the early stages. Almost three decades later, on Wednesday night in the Russian capital, a young nation with 4.3 million citizens and 23 superb soccer players forged its mark and extended England’s misery to 52 years since its 1966 championship. With a 2-1 victory that required a 30-minute extra period, Croatia became ...

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Summary: Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winner in extra time to send Croatia to its first final, where it will meet 1998 champion France.

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