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Croatia 0-1 England FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinal live updates

England were up and attacking in the first-half forcing Croatia to defend deep. Kieran Trippier scored off a stunning free-kick, taking England to a 1-0 lead over Croatia. England created multiple opportunities but Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard failed to capitalise in the final third. 

Follow the live match updates here: 

58 minute: England are pushing hard for the an equaliser but they are cramped for space by the English defenders up-front. 

55 minute:  Corner for Croatia. Referee awards a free-kick to England after Lovren concedes a foul on Maguire.  

54 minute: Yellow card! England’s Kyle Walker gets booked for a challenge. 

48 minute:  Yellow card!! Croatia’s Mandzukic gets booked for a foul. 

Second-half is underway!

Croatia 0-1 England!!

Half-time!!

45+1 minute: Free-kick to Croatia. England defence clear the ball to safety. 

1 minute of Stoppage time!

36 minute: MISS!! England’s Lingard picks up Dele Alli’s pass near the box but fails to hit the target. 

32 minute: SAVED!! Croatia’s Rebic fires the ball towards goal after an error by Stones, but the former hits it directly into the hands of the goalkeeper. 

30 minute: MISS!! Harry Kane misses a golden opportunity as he fails to get past goalkeeper Subasic in a one-on-one situation. That was close. 

23 minute: Croatia’s Perisic attempts a shot from distance but hits the ball away from the goal. Croatia are pushing hard but England hold on to the possession. 

21 minute: Free-kick to England after a Harry Kane goes down in a challenge. 

14 minute:  England are up and attacking in the early minutes of the match. Croner for England. Trippier finds Maguire in the middle, who heads the ball wide. Can Croatia make a comeback here? 

12 minute: Corner for England. Young whips the ball in but Harry Maguire heads it over the crossbar. 

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Croatia 0-1 England!! 

5 minute: GOAL!!! Kieran Trippier curls the free-kick into the net. What a goal!!! This is his first International goal. Is it coming home? 

4 minute: Free-kick to England at a dangerous position. England have been brilliant with their set-pieces. Can they take an early lead here?

England remain unchanged after their quarter-final win over Sweden. Croatia, on the other hand, have made one change, Andrej Kramaric is replaced by Marcelo Brozovic. 

Kick-off! 

FORMATIONS // #CROENG

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Lineups 

Croatia: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic.

England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

Croatia appear in their first semi-final since 1998, after edging past hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals. England, on the other hand, will play their third-ever World Cup semi-finals after a comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic would rely on star strikers, Luka Modric and  Ivan Rakitic, to come good against in-form Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Squads

Croatia: 

Goalkeepers – Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Danijel Subasic.

Defenders – Duje Caleta-Car, Vedran Corluka, Tin Jedvaj, Dejan Lovren, Josip Pivaric, Ivan Strinic, Domagoj Vida, Sime Vrsaljko.

Midfielders – Milan Badelj, Filip Bradaric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic. 

Forwards – Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic.

England: 

Goalkeepers – Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope. 

Defenders – Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Danny Rose, Ashley Young, John Stones, Harry Maguire. 

Midfielders – Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli.

Forwards – Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck.

Source: Zee News

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