Live World Cup semi-final: Croatia 0-1 England


5′ – GOAL! Kieran Trippier scored a free-kick to put England in the lead

WHAT A GOAL! England’s new ‘David Beckham’ Trippier hit the back of the top right from the set piece. What a timing to score his first international goal

4′ – Free-kick for England from a dangerous position. Luka Modric brought down Dele Alli just outside the Croatia area

3′ – Mario Mandzukic penalised for a foul on Jordan Henderson

Here we go….

*Time for National Anthems*

Starting line-ups

Croatia (4-3-3): Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Luka Modric (capt), Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic; Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic. Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)

England (3-5-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane (capt). Coach: Gareth Southgate (ENG)

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)


England’s starting line-up for their semi-final against Croatia remained unchanged for the third knockout match in a row, with coach Gareth Southgate sticking to his trusted 5-3-2 system. Captain Harry Kane, leading scorer in the tournament with six goals, will spearhead the attack alongside Raheem Sterling, who has not scored in more than 1,000 days for England, as they look to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years.

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, set to start, will equal Dario Simic’s national record of 11 appearances at World Cups. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic brought in midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in place of forward Andrej Kramaric in an effort to control the pace of the game. Key defender Sime Vrsaljko was passed fit to start after recovering from a knee injury.

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the second semi-final between Croatia and England. The match starts at 23:30 IST.

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