Luka Modric's team were taken to extra-time for the third consecutive match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday but somehow found the energy to overcome England 2-1.
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Although given that Croatia have won successive penalty shoot-outs en route to the semis, they'd probably fancy their chances more than England would should it come down to that. "We're looking forward to the future", said Young.
Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute.
It was England's first goal scored directly from a free-kick at the World Cup since Beckham's victor against Ecuador in 2006, and the team's 12th goal of the competition - surpassing the 11 they netted en route to lifting the trophy 1966.
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This kind of scenario has come up on a couple other occasions during the World Cup, with the idea being, according to International Football Association Board rules, that one player must be on the opposing team's side field or else a quick restart can be taken while teams are celebrating.
But Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more risky side.
"It was a matter of time before we would score".
Croatia's legs at the start seemed to carry the weight of so many minutes in the knockout stage, and a pressing England went up quickly.
Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic scored the victor in the 109th minute, sweeping home a left-foot shot after England had allowed him too much space in the penalty box.
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"There was a spell in the second half when they got the goal and their tails were really up and we had to weather the storm and lost our way a little bit".
England's forward Harry Kane (L) and England's coach Gareth Southgate (2L) react react after losing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. "It hurts a lot, [and will hurt] for a while". It's been a fantastic journey. "I think we've built a house here now on good foundations", he said. "They have to use this experience for benefit and I know that what´s happened over the last few weeks will make them a stronger team". Yet what Sterling has lacked at this World Cup in goals, he has made up for with his sheer work-rate and intelligent movement in attacking areas of the pitch.
In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares.
"They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".
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