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World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: DP
Date: July 11, 2018 03:57PM
Croatia 2, England 1

Croatia advances to first World Cup final with dramatic extra-time win over England

In the beginning, it was quintessential England. In the end, it was quintessential Mario Mandzukic; it is the end of England’s magical World Cup run; and it is the continuation of Croatia’s.

Croatia, a country of just over 4 million people, advanced to its first-ever World Cup final with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over the English on Wednesday. Mandzukic’s predatory 109th-minute goal booked a date with France in Sunday’s final


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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: hal
Date: July 11, 2018 04:15PM
Kind of a snooze fest until Croatia tied it. Then it was really even, great fun. I was getting all ready for a France/England match - that would have been one of the oldest rivalries of all time.
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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: $tevie
Date: July 11, 2018 04:39PM
I'm heartbroken. I really thought England would go to the Final. sad smiley



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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 11, 2018 04:50PM
My brother-in-law (who was a FIFA qualified ref) told us to watch Croatia back in the group play. He said they could play with abandon and were more talented than other teams gave credit for.

He knows his stuff (but I still expect France to win)



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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: Buck
Date: July 11, 2018 05:23PM
England stopped playing after the 1st goal. They can only blame themselves.
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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: davester
Date: July 11, 2018 05:26PM
Fantastic match, especially after it got tied up. It went from forgone conclusion that England would win (since they clearly outclassed Croatia until that goal) to high stakes time all the way to the end. I'm sad that England lost, but better a high stakes tense game than a lopsided snoozefest. The England team are still babes in arms and did a great job considering their youth and relative inexperience on the world stage. It would have been a fairy tale to have them prevail on their first outing. Expect to see them back.



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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: 3d
Date: July 11, 2018 07:32PM
Belgium/England will be a good match on Sat. I think those Brits can manage a 3rd place.
France/Croatia. Goin with the underdog Croats.
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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: max
Date: July 11, 2018 08:41PM
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$tevie
I'm heartbroken. I really thought England would go to the Final. sad smiley


hehehehe....
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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: $tevie
Date: July 11, 2018 10:28PM
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davester
The England team are still babes in arms and did a great job considering their youth and relative inexperience on the world stage. It would have been a fairy tale to have them prevail on their first outing. Expect to see them back.
I'm still sad (I love a good fairy tale) but you are totally correct.



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Re: World Cup SPOILERS!
Posted by: btfc
Date: July 11, 2018 11:31PM
England looked like the better team early on. Croatia was doing a lot of pushing and grabbing. Later, England looked a little tired and Croatia kept beating them to the ball.
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