England tried to score while Croatia celebrated

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But Croatia summoned the strength to come back in the second half, equalising through Ivan Perisic before Mario Mandzukic got the victor in the 109th minute. Croatia have hardened warriors whose understanding of big matches at times came to the fore.

Spanish authorities said Wednesday they were bringing in police backup to the party resort of Benidorm ahead of the World Cup semi-final pitting England against Croatia, after English fans caused havoc in previous games.

"I feel represented by these players, they have given everything and have given the country a great image, we lacked a bit tonight but Croatia are a great team", says Dale from Nottingham. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way. "I would play a final without a leg if necessary".

One game behind closed doors has already been played against Bulgaria but the clash with England will be their next competitive home game played under UEFA's watch and the ban will therefore carry over.

Sam, a local from Southampton said it best: "We are playing very well in this World Cup and although it is going to be hard I am confident that we will reach the final, I have been dreaming all my life with this moment".

Gareth Southgate's men huffed and puffed, but couldn't find the equalizer and as a result, were denied a chance of making their first ever FIFA World Cup final appearances since 1966.

"We were good. We controlled the game, but there's always tension with us, we always concede this early goal and have shocks", Vrsaljko said.

"They can keep doing their stuff and we will play on Sunday."

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Lopetegui was sacked because he didn't tell Spain's soccer leaders he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament. The 34-year-old midfielder has signed for Japanese club Vissel Kobe after spending his entire senior career at Barcelona .

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"Maybe the English team should have respected us more, especially when you consider where our players play their football, but this is football and sport".

"We should be proud and hold our heads up high because we've come a long way from two years ago".

Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper believes England have "moved forward into a brighter age".

Mario Mandzukic scored to give the Croats their 2-1 victory. "No country on earth would call that anything other than improvement". "The World Cup may never open up so obligingly again", the paper said.

After comfortably negotiating the group stages - the only blemish being a defeat to Belgium in a meaningless fixture where both sides rested key players - England ended their traditional penalty shootout woes by defeating Colombia 4-3 via that method.

It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy of taking a tiny nation to the final of the World Cup for the first time needed to be worked through with the people that provided the players with support and inspiration.

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