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World Cup semis updates: England 1-0 Croatia at half-time


00:18  England dominate the first half:  

A free-kick for Croatia taken by Modric but it amounts to nought as the half-time whistle is blown.

Croatia create another chance as Rakitic crosses it across to Modric from the far post, who rallies it to Vrsaljko who blasts the ball over the post.

There is a scramble in the D after Pickford kicks in the direction of Rakitic who cannot breach the stubborn England defence.

With 8 minutes to go in the first half, Croatia look slow to react in the area.

35 minutes now, Lingard at the edge of the D gets a pass from Alli who’s surrounded by defenders but the former shoots just wide.


00:03  End-to-end action:  

Croatia have one real chance but Pickford does well to keep out a pile driver off the boot off Rebic.

England captain Kane gets a superb pass from Lingard, but he mis-directs. He tries to score off the rebound but is caught off-side.

Some end-to-end action here as Lingard hares down the pitch and crosses from the right but misses Kane and Sterling. 

Croatia counter but to  no avail.

Sterling is now brought down by Lovren and another set-piece for England.

That free-kick amounts to nought.

Croatia give the ball away, Sterling passes it to Kane but the England captain is off-side. Score unchanged.

Croatia are managing to give away the ball easily and are being caught out on the counter.

England defenders are denying the Croatians here.

Vrsaljko threatens but his cross does not reach his mates.

Source: Rediff

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