The Croatian national football team showed a great spirit on Wednesday after recovering from a one-goal deficit, qualifying for their first World Cup final after beating England 2-1 with a goal from Mario Mandzukic in extra time.


England coach Gareth Southgate also regretted that his team did not take advantage of the dominance of the game to take a decisive advantage.

“When you have long periods of dominance you have to take advantage,” said the English coach. “We walked an incredibly long road in a very short time, we probably got further than we expected.”

England, which was looking for its first final since 1966, will now have to settle for fighting for third place in the tournament on Saturday against Belgium.

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