Croatia beat 2-1 to England, in its third consecutive time extension, and got its ticket to the final of the 2018 World Cup, where the French team will be measured.
The Croats, who played overtime against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russia in the quarterfinals, took all the pride of a very special generation of players to beat a young English team, who did not find a way to sentence a contender who did not have the physical arrests to run the 90 minutes.
The match in the first half was a monologue in favor of England, which proposed and generated to put on the ropes to a selection of Croatia that came from playing two extensions in the previous rounds.
The performance was captained by the best English player, Harry Kane, who multiplied in all sectors of the field to get the ball to the goal defended by goalkeeper Danjel Subasic.
The opportunity came only after five minutes, when Kieran Trippier defeated the Croatian resistance with a direct free kick that nailed in the right wing of the Croatian fence.
The goal did not generate reaction, but the English did not have the efficiency to increase the advantage, although they did have chances that they crashed against Subasic, the Croatian defense and even the crossbar.
Croatia reacted to the game after playing one hour, and in a span of 15 minutes displayed the game that allowed them to reach the English goal, defended by Jordan Pickford. For this, the flyers Rebic and Perisic were vital.
And it was Perisic who got the equalizer in the 68th minute, after receiving a cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the area and beating Pickford low.
The weight of the previous extensions was felt in the Croatian legs, which managed to reach the 90th minute without losing, but neither without taking the ticket to the World Cup final.
The first half of the extension was on both sides, with an English dominance in the first exchange and a strong Croatian reaction towards the end, which remained in the first minutes of the second half.
It was in the 109th minute that Mario Mandzukic took a pass from Perisic that overtook the central ones to be alone in front of the goalkeeper, whom he shot to give the victory to Croatia and put it for the first time in its history in the final of a World Cup. .
He did not know how to finish off England to a rival who was physically handicapped and ended up paying with the elimination, when he was on the verge of getting the glory.