Sport England 1-2 Croatia: Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi-final against Croatia 2-1 after Kieran Trippier's fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream... only to have hopes dashed in extra time

09:11  12 july  2018
09:11  12 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

England set World Cup set-piece record

  England set World Cup set-piece record Kieran Trippier's early goal in the semi-final against Croatia gave the Three Lions their ninth set-piece strike of the tournament England have set a record for the most set-piece goals at a World Cup since 1966.That goal breaks the record of eight England held along with Portugal's 1966 side heading into the semi-final in Moscow.9 - England have scored nine goals from set pieces at the 2018 World Cup - the most by any team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966. Whip. #ENGCRO#ENG #WorldCuppic.twitter.

Croatia have crushed England ’s World Cup dream with a 2 - 1 extra - time victory in their semi - final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. England made a dream start with Kieran Trippier ’ s fifth - minute free-kick securing a 1 -0 lead.

England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

a group of men playing a game of football: Gareth Southgate is pictured comforting his England players in Moscow after the Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the World Cup semi final © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gareth Southgate is pictured comforting his England players in Moscow after the Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the World Cup semi final England have crashed out of the World Cup at the semi final stage after losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra time in Moscow.

But the Three Lions were lauded for their efforts at the tournament, with Prince William leading the cheers, saying he 'couldn't be more proud' of the players and added they had 'made history'. 

The result left millions of fans in pubs, venues and homes across the country in tears as they were dealt a devastating blow after coming so close to glory. 

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England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

Croatia (4-3-3). Danijel Subasic Suspect positioning for Trippier ’ s free-kick and slow to react to the shot. England ’s World Cup dream dashed as Croatia win semi - final in extra time .

England took an early lead through right back Kieran Trippier's free kick and had chances to double their advantage throughout the first half.

But they were pegged back midway through the second half when Ivan Perisic flicked home a cross with an outstretched boot to make it 1-1.

a man holding a basketball: Southgate, pictured here with Danny Rose, went around each of his players to reassure them after the end of the game © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Southgate, pictured here with Danny Rose, went around each of his players to reassure them after the end of the game Croatia had the better of the latter stages and scored again in extra time when striker Mario Mandzukic lashed the ball into the net following some hesitation in England's defence.    

England's players fell to their knees in tears at the final whistle while millions of people watching at home were also left weeping after coming so close to getting to the final. 

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England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

When Trippier fired the Three Lions into a fifth - minute lead with a brilliant 25-yard free-kick it was the ninth goal they had scored from a set-piece in the tournament. That' s one more than Portugal scored in 1966.

Manager Gareth Southgate immediately walked onto the pitch and comforted his players after the heart-breaking defeat, while the players wives and girlfriends were also quick to show them affection.

The country came to a stand-still during the evening and fans packed themselves into bars and pubs in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and other major cities and towns.

The England manager embraced his wife of more than 20 years after the match with England now facing a third-place play-off against Belgium on Saturday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The England manager embraced his wife of more than 20 years after the match with England now facing a third-place play-off against Belgium on Saturday Speaking after the match, manager Gareth Southgate praised his players but admitted they struggled after half time.

He said: 'We were hanging on a little bit rather than trying to control the game. We probably needed that second goal early in the game.'

'We've come an incredible long way in a short space of time.

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England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

England stamped their authority on this semi - final after just five minutes with Trippier ’ s goal sending fans wild. Dele Alli’s surging run in the fourth minute started the move as he was brought down by Luka Modric 25 yards from goal .

a person standing in front of a crowd: Captain Harry Kane was hugged by defender Phil Jones, pictured, and looked dejected at the final whistle after extra time © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Captain Harry Kane was hugged by defender Phil Jones, pictured, and looked dejected at the final whistle after extra time '[Getting to the semi-final] was 'probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go. Tonight in the end we weren't quite there but the team will be stronger for that.

'Tonight it's so difficult for everybody to take – we were so close to what was almost unimaginable at the start. We've left everything out there.

a man looking at the camera: Football fans failed to hide their disappointment as England crashed out against Croatia in the World Cup semi final © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Football fans failed to hide their disappointment as England crashed out against Croatia in the World Cup semi final Flat Iron Square: England fans struggled to hide their anguish as the game went to extra time only for Croatia to strike a winner © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Flat Iron Square: England fans struggled to hide their anguish as the game went to extra time only for Croatia to strike a winner 'I don't think over the six or seven weeks we've been together we could have given more than we have.' 

Fans in Bristol held their heads in their hands and wept following England's defeat to Croatia.

Some threw drinks to the ground and stormed out of Ashton Gate Stadium, though some struck a more conciliatory tone.

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England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

Josh Quinn, 22, from Bristol, said: 'It was a disappointing performance from England.

'The first half was amazing and the second half was terrible. I feel disappointed but proud.'

Max Pemberton, 24, from Gloucester, had worn a waistcoat to watch the match.

'I'm devastated,' he said.

'They have done so well. I'm devastated for them. It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final. I really thought we'd see a final though.' 

a football player on a field: Croatia's Ivan Perisic flicked home a cross with an outstretched boot to level the scores at 1-1 in the second half of the World Cup semi final © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Croatia's Ivan Perisic flicked home a cross with an outstretched boot to level the scores at 1-1 in the second half of the World Cup semi final 30,000 people watched in Hyde Park and big screens were also up and running across London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and Brighton, with pints flying around after the early goal as they celebrated raucously.

The match being on a knife-edge did not seem to bother Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who appeared to fall asleep in spite of the tension.

The crowd in Hyde Park was nervy as the game went into extra time after England led for much of the game.

a football player on a field: Mario Mandzukic, pictured, scored the winning goal for Croatia against England in extra-time tonight after a hard fought World Cup semi final © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mario Mandzukic, pictured, scored the winning goal for Croatia against England in extra-time tonight after a hard fought World Cup semi final

‘He single-handedly ruined the entire tournament’: England fans lash out at ‘biased’ Turkish referee and claim he cost the Three Lions a place in the World Cup final 

England fans have slammed World Cup semi final referee Cuneyt Cakir after the defeat to Croatia tonight and accused him of showing 'bias' towards the winners.

Croatia 2-1 England: Things we learned

  Croatia 2-1 England: Things we learned England were knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday night as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in extra-time. A goal from Mario Mandzukic in extra-time secured the win for Croatia, who equalised in the 68th minute through Ivan Perisic. Kieran Trippier handed England the lead after five minutes, with a superb free-kick, but Gareth Southgate’s men then sat back and let Croatia dominate the game and create chances. Here are four things we learned from the game… 1/5 SLIDES © Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Sport Croatia 2-1 England: Things we learned England were knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday night as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in extra-time.

England are out of the World Cup at the semi - final stage after losing to Croatia in extra - time . Mario Mandzukic broke Three Lions hearts in the second period after Ivan Perisic had cancelled out Kieran Trippier ' s opener.

England ' s World Cup is over after Mario Mandzukic' s goal in extra - time . England got off to a flying start when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick after five minutes to put them ahead and they looked more dangerous throughout the first half.

Some on social media called the Turkish national's performance 'embarrassing' and called for an investigation by Fifa.

a group of people watching a football game: The official, pictured with Croatian players, was also accused of allowing them to time waste and giving them controversial decisions, including the equalising goal, which some claimed should have been ruled out for a free kick for a high tackle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The official, pictured with Croatian players, was also accused of allowing them to time waste and giving them controversial decisions, including the equalising goal, which some claimed should have been ruled out for a free kick for a high tackle Others said he should 'retire' after an 'incompetent' performance while some on social media targeted the Croatia players and accused them of underhand tactics and wasting time. 

His decision to allow the Croatia equaliser was also criticised with fans claiming it should have been given as a foul against England for a high foot. 

a man throwing a ball © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One Twitter user wrote: 'The referee was a shambles though. Most disgusting performance from a ref that I have seen at this world cup.'

Another said: 'That must be the most questionable refereeing I have ever seen. He gave England nothing, the ball was going out of play and we got nothing fouls that weren't even fouls. The referee beat us not Croatia.'

The anger against the official was clear across Twitter, with another user calling his performance the 'worst of the tournament'. 

The user wrote: 'Cakir Cuneyt has just single handily (sic) ruined the World Cup. Worst performance of the whole competition. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: One user said it was the 'most questionable' refereeing he had ever seen in a match © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One user said it was the 'most questionable' refereeing he had ever seen in a match

'Well done FIFA you got what you wanted. A referee who hates England and was totally biased.'

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England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

England 1 - 2 Croatia : Heartbreak for the Three Lions as they lose agonising semi - final against Croatia 2 - 1 after Kieran Trippier ' s fifth minute goal had millions daring to dream only to have hopes dashed in extra time .

Another wrote: 'It's quite clear that #FIFA #WorldCup referees are not interested in fair play #eng best players were nobbled at every opportunity. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: Another Twitter user said Cuneyt 'single handedly ruined the World Cup' for England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Another Twitter user said Cuneyt 'single handedly ruined the World Cup' for England 'We need to employ some cynical foul and cheating coaches to achieve anything at these tournaments. Well done lads you did your country proud!' 

Cuneyt has previously refereed England five times and this was the first time the Three Lions had lost under his officiating.

Louis Gathercole, 27, said: 'Why do we never do it easy?

'First half, I thought we were going to win the World Cup, second half it brings it all back again.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The free kick sent England fans in the Luzhniki Stadium into raptures, pictured, as they could not believe how well the side started © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The free kick sent England fans in the Luzhniki Stadium into raptures, pictured, as they could not believe how well the side started

'But we still believe. For the first time ever I think we're going to do it. I back us - extra time, penalties, we'll still win.'

Jonny Roberts, 25, said: 'Classic case of take your chances in the first half. But keep believing. England are in the semi-finals, we should be proud.'

a man standing in front of a crowd: Fans in Manchester let off flares at Castlefield Bowl to show their joy at England taking a quick lead © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans in Manchester let off flares at Castlefield Bowl to show their joy at England taking a quick lead

Thousands of Russians made their boos heard whenever Croatia's Domagoj Vida touched the ball.

He is under investigation for allegedly making a video in which he shouts a phrase associated with anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalists.  

Celebrities were closely following tonight's match, with singer Cheryl revealing she missed the start, tweeting: 'I got in 10 minutes late and already missed a goal!? come on England!!!'

Piers Morgan posted a string of messages on Twitter as the game got under way.

Zlatko Dalic feels Croatia full value for victory over England

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The Three Lions are out of the World Cup after a 2 - 1 defeat in the semi finals . Croatia were too strong and too savvy, recovering from Kieran Trippier ’ s belting fifth - minute free-kick to win in extra - time .

He said: 'England are all over them. We're a better team. Stronger, faster, better organised. We can do this. We will do this.'

After the first goal, Morgan wrote: 'BOOOOOM!!!!!!!! 1-0 ENGLAND. What a start - Trippier you beauty!'

But their joy turned to despair as the game went on and soon a familiar feeling was coming over fans online.  

a group of people posing for the camera: Excitement reached fever pitch for England fans in Hyde Park today, pictured, as they waited for the World Cup semi final against Croatia to kick off © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Excitement reached fever pitch for England fans in Hyde Park today, pictured, as they waited for the World Cup semi final against Croatia to kick off

There was still great support show for England though, with Morgan later tweeting: 'OK, I've stopped wailing. 

'Gareth Southgate & his young England team did the country proud. We went a lot further than I thought we would & performed with great credit on & off the pitch. 

'Losing sucks but the future looks very exciting with this talented group of players. End.' 

a group of people in front of a crowd: Songs and chants began straight away as fans continued to sing 'It's Coming Home' and got into the spirit of the game in Manchester © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Songs and chants began straight away as fans continued to sing 'It's Coming Home' and got into the spirit of the game in Manchester

Gareth Southgate kept faith with the same side which has taken England to the semi-finals of the World Cup, naming an unchanged starting XI against Croatia.

With no injuries to worry about, Southgate submitted an identical team to that which began the last-16 game against Colombia and the quarter-final against Sweden.

That meant Jordan Henderson would have to do without the extra defensive assistance of Eric Dier in the midfield battle against Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, while Raheem Sterling continued as the foil for six-goal top-scorer Harry Kane.

a group of people that are talking to each other: Pure joy: Two fans embrace at Hyde Park, London, after England take the lead against Croatia © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pure joy: Two fans embrace at Hyde Park, London, after England take the lead against Croatia

Lucky ticket-holders for the free screening in Hyde Park began arriving early on Wednesday afternoon to stake out their spots ahead of the big game.

Some, including window cleaner Fred Sweeney, 48, left work early to begin the party.

He is in confident mood, predicting a 2-1 win for the Three Lions.

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'We don't need to be nervous, it's coming home,' he said. 'We're going to win it. We're going to win the World Cup.'

James Gordon, 22, from Enfield, north London, was wearing his school prom waistcoat in tribute to Gareth Southgate.

He posed for photos with other fans with his huge St George's Cross ahead of the game in Moscow.

Claudio Pizarro et al. wearing costumes: Fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, pictured, decked themselves out in facepaint to show their support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, pictured, decked themselves out in facepaint to show their support

He said: 'It's unbelievable - I never thought we'd be here.

'I was born in 1995 so 2002 World Cup I thought we'd do it, 2004 Euros thought we'd do it, 2006 World Cup thought we'd do it and we failed every single time.

'But I'm behind the boys all the way.

'We're going to win 2-0.'

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Many fans on social media said they could not concentrate on work and other tasks today as the excitement was too much. Pictured are fans queuing outside a London bar © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Many fans on social media said they could not concentrate on work and other tasks today as the excitement was too much. Pictured are fans queuing outside a London bar

Carpenter Ross Butler, 26, added: '(Raheem) Sterling's going to score for the first time tonight.'

Fans are in buoyant mood in Hyde Park as kick-off approaches with The Lightning Seeds - the band behind Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) - expected on stage soon.

London's World Cup fan zone is being transformed into a sea of red and white as revellers sing and dance in the summer sunshine.

Mike Marshall, 30, is predicting a 4-0 England victory.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Fans in Flat Iron Square, London, were pictured jumping and dancing around in anticipation of the big match © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans in Flat Iron Square, London, were pictured jumping and dancing around in anticipation of the big match

He said: 'After the Columbia game - that was the most nerve-wracking game of my life - we have to get through. It would be criminal not to.'

Dan Chorlton, 35, predicted a 2-1 win in extra time.

'It's going to be a Vardy party,' he said.

Related: England fans' anguish as World Cup dream ends (Provided by: Sky News)

Today fans have been in a state of high excitement and anxiety ahead of England's most important match for 28 years, admitting they couldn't sleep last night and work became a 'non-event' today. 

Many took to social media as they celebrated leaving work hours early and heading to the pub for a drink to calm their already frayed nerves.

Charlie Clarke tweeted: 'England needs to get to the semi finals more often. our office have all sacked off work and now we're at the pub amazing' and Shona Fran wrote: 'Banked out from work 5 hours early, GET ME TO THE PUB ENGLAND'.   

a person standing posing for the camera: These ladies were all smiles and full of confidence as they arrived at Hyde Park tonight for the England match © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited These ladies were all smiles and full of confidence as they arrived at Hyde Park tonight for the England match

Millions knocking off early is set to cause chaos on the roads and railways with rush hour starting at 2pm instead of 4pm and peaking at around 5pm.

But cities, towns and villages should all be deserted by 7pm and will be 'much quieter than Christmas Day', according to the RAC.    

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: 'Historically, the biggest TV events and quietest roads in the UK were during the World Cup final in 1966 followed by the funeral of Diana, Apollo 13, royal weddings and Muhammad Ali's 'Rumble in the Jungle'. This game will join the list'. 

a group of people standing in a room © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited a statue of a person: Fans are already arriving at Hyde Park where 30,000 fans including this colourfully dressed gentleman will watch the game © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans are already arriving at Hyde Park where 30,000 fans including this colourfully dressed gentleman will watch the game

10,000 England fans are in Moscow hoping to get into the sold-out Luzhniki Stadium and are willing to pay £500-plus for a ticket having paid £3,000 or more on flights to be there.

Zlatko Dalic feels Croatia full value for victory over England .
Mario Mandzukic secured a 2-1 extra-time win to propel the country into their first World Cup final.

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