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Jubilant Croatia fans revel in World Cup semi-final win over England

Jubilant Croatia fans revel in World Cup semi-final win over England

"We deserved the victory", said match-winner Mandzukic.

At the other end, Perisic had a shot on target blocked by Kyle Walker but it two minutes later there was no stopping Perisic as he volleyed volleyd home a cross from Vrsaljko on the right.

However, due to the fact they took the lead and because this wasn't a Brazil or a Germany they were facing in the semi-finals, there will always be a question of 'what if...' about this tournament.

"It is what it is, we'll try and play that game with as much pride and try and finish on a high, but we're still gonna be hurting of course in that game, in three or four days time we're still gonna be thinking about this one and what could have been, you know".

'There will in time be lots of positives to take but it's too hard and too soon to put that in context.

After the match, England captain Harry Kane said the defeat would "hurt for a long time", although he reiterated that England had exceeded expectations by making it to the semi-final.

Devastated England fans after Croatia scored the winning goal. There's nothing better, when people are writing you off and saying "you're not fit to wear the shirt", slagging people off, it's kind of saying: 'Well, there you go - have that back at you.' But we do it for ourselves as well.




"We gave it everything, I know we're gonna look back and say we could have done this and what but at the end of the day it was small margins in a big game and it didn't go our way today", said striker Kane, now the tournament's top scorer with six goals. But we've fallen just a bit short.

"I think in the first half, we were really good and we maybe could've got another and in periods throughout the game we had chances".

World Cup Daily: Croatia's dream goes on while England wake up.

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares.

France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which his side lost on home soil to Portugal.

"I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do".

It was a painful defeat for Belgium, foiled at the semifinal for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation" of players.

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