Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

By evening they had crashed down to earth, as by far their largest number of travelling supporters at the tournament saw the team lose to Croatia in extra time.

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Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.

Roberto Martinez's men were edged out 1-0 by France in Tuesday night's semi-final - which was held at the St Petersburg Stadium, the same venue as this match.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

Alli has not quite hit full gear in the World Cup campaign, but has been vital to the England side nonetheless and did score a header in the quarter finals against Sweden.

"We were not creative enough, having just two efforts on target, and in the second half England were overrun in midfield by Modric and Rakitic".

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Around 7,000 England fans had managed to get hold of tickets through official channels, with 2,180 doing so via the England Supporters Travel Club tickets and the rest in Federation Internationale de Football Association sales. What more could we ask for? For 70 minutes we battered them.

"We were really comfortable in the game", said England defender Harry Maguire, who twice rose highest at corners in the first 15 minutes to send headers wide of Croatia's goal.

Parv Moondi, 49, from Norwich, was heading out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow. We can at least defend two crosses.

"I just feel so disappointed". I don't realistically think any of us did.

"We lived the dream". He said: "I'm gutted".

Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs. Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

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