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Croatia 0-0 England: England hit woodwork twice in goalless draw

Croatia 0-0 England: England hit woodwork twice in goalless draw

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England played out a largely uneventful stalemate with Croatia behind closed doors in Rijeka to earn the first point of their Uefa Nations League campaign.The whole occasion had an air of unreality as the teams - who met in the World Cup semi-finals three months ago - were forced to play in a mostly deserted, echoing stadium as part of Croatia's punishment after a swastika was visible on the pitch before a European qualifier in 2015.England coped well with the surreal surroundings and had the better chances - Eric Dier and Harry Kane heading against the woodwork either side of the interval, and Marcus Rashford producing two bad misses with only Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to beat. Cr...
France beat Croatia in thrilling six-goal World Cup final – highlights & report

France beat Croatia in thrilling six-goal World Cup final – highlights & report

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Media playback is not supported on this device France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.France's victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach. Croatia also felt their luck deserted them, but ultimately France ran out victo...
World Cup agony for England as Croatia win semi-final in extra time – highlights & report

World Cup agony for England as Croatia win semi-final in extra time – highlights & report

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Media playback is not supported on this device England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonising end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.Gareth Southgate's side - playing England's first semi-final since they were beaten on a penalties by West Germany at Italia 90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, but Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser s...
Croatia v England: 'Maybe, just maybe, this time it will be different'

Croatia v England: 'Maybe, just maybe, this time it will be different'

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Media playback is not supported on this device Croatia v EnglandDate: Wednesday, 11 July (19:00 BST). Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, MoscowCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, with live text commentary onlineFootball is sold to the world as fun. As colour, as sunshine, as joy. Football is sold as winning.Football is experienced as doubt. Football is watched feeling sick. It is wishing matches finished, wanting to walk out of a stadium even as you've been desperate to be there, being convinced that the most heartbreaking possible scenario is the most likely thing to pass.And usually it does. F...
Croatia stun Argentina to reach World Cup last 16

Croatia stun Argentina to reach World Cup last 16

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Media playback is not supported on this device Argentina are facing the prospect of an early World Cup exit after a dreadful error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero set Croatia on their way to victory and a place in the last 16.On a night when so much was expected of Argentina captain Lionel Messi, Caballero made the most telling contribution to his team's fate with an attempted chip over Ante Rebic that backfired badly, allowing the striker to volley into an exposed net in the 53rd minute.Messi - adrift for much of the match, especially during a pedestrian opening half - rallied his side,...