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Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

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MOSCOW - Croatia's legs seemed heavy, burdened by the accumulated toll of consecutive penalty-kicks wins needed to get this far. England had gone ahead with a free kick just five minutes in, dominated play and appeared headed to its...
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Tired and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Tired and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

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MOSCOW - On both ends of the field, Sime Vrsaljko got the job done.
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Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

7 monthes ago   |   By

MOSCOW - When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their jumping and cheering fans in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England, rallying for 2-1 victory Wednesday. Defender Sime Vrsaljko kept the score even in extra time by heading a shot off the goal line about 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored for Croatia, which is the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match.
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