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Croatia are back in charge and taking the match to France. The free-kick comes in, it's headed back across goal, Vida lays it back and Perisic's first touch is brilliant!
He pulls the ball away from a tackle, sets himself up and then batters a low volley at goal! A tiny deflection takes it past Lloris and Croatia are level!
K ante is booked! Perisic looks a real threat here. He controls the ball well, runs between players and Kante catches him a little to stop the move.
O oooh controversial scenes. Croatia have free-kick wide left, it's crossed in and Mandzukic is clearly held by Pogba!
He goes to ground under Pogba's attentions but nobody seems to even protest too much! France get away with one there. T he previous highest number of own goals in a World Cup was in when there were six.
France have cooled down a little now and seem calmer on the ball A brilliant pass forward sends him away and it's two on one, slightly right of the goal.
Vida comes flying across and clears the danger. A record 12 own goals in this tournament now and that one plays directly into France's hands.
They want to counter-attack, now they can sit back and do exactly that. Croatia have their own free-kick wide right now, Modric stands over it O r is that an own goal?
Oh the poor guy. Mandzukic jumps to block the shot and ends up turning it into his own net. There's nothing Subasic can do about it! G reat work by Giroud.
He collects in the final third, works hard and uses his strength and balance to hold of Rakitic and keeps possession.
Mbappe dribbles past Rakitic into the box but the low cross is booted away Griezmann looks for contact and goes down when he gets it.
P erisic is away! He has the entire left of the pitch to run into Umtiti watches the move well and blocks. Croatia are in total control here - France have not started well.
Perisic has gone down off the ball and Hernandez appears to be at fault. He's accidentally collided with the Croatia winger and given him a wee knock.
V arane sends a horrible pass out to Mbappe. It's hit too fast and is bobbling and Mbappe struggles to control - he's lucky that Perisic can't steal the ball off him and run down that left side.
I t's early in the game but this is telling:. F rance will have prepared for this though. They're all about absorbing pressure and pinging up the other end of the pitch.
Perisic runs in behind Varane into the box and takes the ball down That would have been a massive chance if his control hadn't juuuust gotten away from him.
F rance are in Croatia's half now! A throw-in high up the pitch gives them a chance to move into their attacking shape. G iroud heads the corner away, Croatia keep up the pressure.
Mandzukic is beaten to a header, Pogba tries to start the counter-attack and Rebic fouls him immediately, Modric kicks the ball forward so France can't restart quickly.
Croatia have a clear gameplan. Press high, foul if France look like they might even consider countering and shift the ball wide. M bappe leaves space for Strinic to attack and Rakitic finds him with a clever little chipped pass.
Croatia are using the wings to attack, all the play is coming from wide. The throw comes in and Strinic strolls into the box! Mbappe recovers and steps in to block the cross!
France need to wake up. C roatia look really up for this early on and aren't showing nerves! They've started with a spark are making France work early on.
Umtiti is closed down quickly and France get a goal kick. Umtiti is fouled by Mandzukic as he brings the ball out from the back. Croatia are intent on disrupting France's buildup play.
M odric catches Hernandez and gives away another free-kick He skips past him down the left, France sprint to get back Strinic comes to take it Mbappe clears as Mandzukic can't keep the thing under control.
C roatia start well, try and get some touches of the ball, France win possession and pass around a bit.
Umtiti tries to go past Modric - this is dangerous! Croatia's high press nearly pays off early on but Modric fouls Umtiti. T his is going to be magic.
M an, the French national anthem is just an absolute winner, isn't it? Loud singing, the players really go for it, France flags are waved all around.
C roatia fans are loud! Small country, big noise. I t's the World Cup final! The players are on their way.
Mbappe looks calm, Perisic looks pumped. And now the players are out on the pitch. Can you even imagine how nervous they must be?
Ronaldinho massively upstages Will Smith with that cameo on the drums. Also now the answer to the quiz question: W ill Smith is providing the entertainment as Russia waves goodbye to the World Cup.
F or Croatia, Modric and Rakitic are the ones who set the tempo, control the game and make the team work.
Ivan Perisic is their most dangerous player though and will give Benjamin Pavard a difficult game. He's an attacking winger who has power and strength - the kind of player who can dribble past you on his way to making a cross, or comes steaming in at the back post to blast a header past the goalkeeper.
For France, most of the attacks will be done on the counter and will be lead by Mbappe. Kante is needed to win the ball, Pogba is the one who turns defence into attack and Mbappe can destroy defences if he's able to get on the ball.
Tell you what, Croatia resourceful with their time. We play the best football. I am optimist, for us everything is going good to win this tournament.
The BBC pundits are chatting about what England need to do next. Predictably it's all about how clubs in the Premier League need to trust their youngsters and start actually playing them.
Jurgen Klinsmann brings up a really good point and says that clubs can't roll the red carpet out for these young players - they have to be nasty, show determination and drive and earn those starting positions.
The best usually make it. M bappe broke into the Monaco first team because he was good enough. Kane only made the Spurs starting XI because he was good enough.
Loftus-Cheek is a fairly unique example because Chelsea is a farce when it comes to bringing through youth players but he should have done enough this summer to earn a starting place.
That said, can you really see Maurizio Sarri risking his job on getting Loftus-Cheek up to speed? F rance were incredible in this game but for pure entertainment, nerve-shredding tension and just as a great showing of sport, I've nominated this as my favourite of the entire World Cup:.
Imagine waking up and this is in your room, just staring at you. There are about 20 photos of this girl in the photo database gee, I wonder why as opposed to the usual ratio of three photos per random crowd member.
A nd I don't know what's going on here. I t's an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that not only has he not been very good, he's also actually been quite bad.
And his goals are three penalties, a deflection off his heel, a tap-in and a back post header. The last one was actually really well taken.
The penalties were impressive too. D idier Deschamps is wearing his, "what do I want to order" face from his bi-monthly Burger King visit. His wife's made him a little packed lunch and sent him on his way.
Is it too early for wine? But it's getting earlier all the time. What would be your strategy here if you wanted to steal the World Cup?
I reckon Johnny Two-Accreditations on the right is the real threat, although I'm told "Big Viktor can move when he has to" pic.
T hese guys look like the kind of hired goon easily deceived by a 'surprise package' being delivered to the cell, by someone posing to be a post-man but who is actually executing a cunning plan.
They answer the door then someone puts a barrel over their heads and our cartoon hero escapes with the prize after making a witty comment.
Something like, "looks like you're having a barrel of laughs! Really, they're both France will be defensive, sit deep and look to attack down the right wing with Kylian Mbappe, Giroud will annoy the centre-backs and Kante will win turnovers to help assist with the counter-attack match strategy.
Croatia will have a fair amount of the ball and almost definitely focus their play down the left wing to exploit the young Pavard and Mbappe's defensive mind.
Will Mbappe commit to blocking their route to goal? Rakitic and Modric will - of course - be key to Croatia getting control of the game, Vrsaljko will overlap a lot of the time to provide width on the right.
Brosovic sits deep to protect the defence and guard against counter-attacks. The team news is in T he obvious answer is Luka Modric but Kylian Mbappe has been the most exciting to watch.
Incredibly quick, ridiculously skillful and always makes the right decisions. A nd for some reason there are a bunch of people in Croatia tops too, as though people think Croatia would ever really reach a World Cup fina W oooooooow it's here.
The World Cup Final. The big one - the biggest one of all! The last World Cup was pretty boring and if France and Croatia could avoid that happening again, I'd be pretty pleased about it.
The sun is shining, the players are excited, I'm excited, you're excited - we're all excited. But will the game be any good? Croatia deserved to beat England and were the better team Luka Modric is the best player in the competition but Kylian Mbappe is a close second and N'Golo Kante probably in there at third France have an incredible team and play in a style that makes them stupidly hard to beat.
S elf-proclaimed best defender in the world Dejan Lovren what will have a tough time against Olivier Giroud today assuming he starts but it's the full-backs who will really be challenged.
Croatia rely heavily on Sime Vrsaljko on their right side but with Griezmann his direct opponent today, he needs to be really careful what he gets up to.
Paul Pogba is due a goal and has been brilliant in this France setup, playing like a Jose Mourinho dream.
Defending, positional discipline, amazing through-balls, quick transitions - he's everything a Pogba should be and more and could do wonders for his reputation with a stellar performance today.
It would be a shock if Croatia did win. They'd beat France about one time out of every five if forced to constantly play them and Didier Deschamps' cautious approach is designed to ensure there are no mistakes which facilitate such surprises.
Will today be one of those five times? But we're going to find out soon. Stay with us, and specifically me, for all the build-up, analysis and live updates from the biggest game in world sport.
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The fans were great. It was like watching a beautiful painting being ripped up in front of your eyes. A solemn but proud Gareth Southgate speaks!
There was a spell in the second half when they got the goal and their tails were up, we had to weather the storm.
Possibly at that moment, we were hanging on a bit. Great credit, in extra time we got back into the game and showed some more composure. The biggest thing is our supporters at the end, and their reaction.
That tells you what the players have given, not just tonight but over the period. Knockout football is fine margins. When you have spells, you have to make them count; we probably needed that second goal.
We are probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go. The England fans are still in the Luzhniki.
Will that chase Three Lions up the charts this weekend too? This is my tenth tournament with England.
France will be happy to face exhausted opponents, but Croatia have shown that they never give up and have always found a way.
They were most, uh, constructive, in their criticism. By the time the night was over, that was replaced by silent resignation.
As Hyde Park filled up early on Wednesday evening, the Lightning Seeds had got the crowd going with a live rendition of Three Lions on the main stage.
After a draw, he saw them doing it on penalties. That was almost crueler. Her prediction had been: He believes the festival-like atmosphere was far better than watching the match in a packed pub.
Eamonn Power and his friends could remember They said they did not see much optimism on the streets pre-match. That was, they said, until they got into Hyde Park, where they watched the match with 50, similarly optimistic fans.
The fact Kennedy had never seen England get this far perhaps his pre-match optimism more surprising: Kane to score two.
Everything seemed to looking up at that point. The sun was shining and England were heading into the World Cup final to play France.
Soon after half-time, however, the smiling faces were creased with worry. Croatia had equalised and the sun had sunk behind the trees.
Soon, it would be gone altogether. A deflated Harry Kane speaks. We worked so hard. The fans were amazing.
It was a tough game, a game. We created some good chances, being up. Maybe we dropped too deep at times.
It shows we can win knockout games; the next stage is to go one further. The greatest thing about this England campaign? There can be no scapegoats.
Because every single player has been magnificent in their own way. Gareth Southgate is a class act. Ever the gentleman, he congratulates Zlatko Dalic, a hug and a hand clasp, and consoles his players.
An arm around Kane, and a word in his ear. A gentle hand to lift Young from the floor. You know exactly how they feel.
Rashford sobs into the turf. Lingard looks distraught too. Alli with his head in his hands. England have been magnificent tonight, and this is a run that will echo down the ages.
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