England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Soccer fans in Calgary supporting England or Croatia had an intense couple of hours Wednesday as the two countries met in the World Cup semi final.

Southgate and his players will rightly receive huge praise as they have done so much to restore England's reputation and reconnect the public to their football team.

"England fans in Hyde Park waste about $10,000 in beer on team's first goal against Croatia", suggested one sports reporter while tweeting out the clip.

Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance.

Team Croatia paired France in the final match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2-1 win over England in the overtime period of the semifinals match at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday.

Kieran Trippier has been a revelation as a defender and creator while Harry Maguire's "man of the people" persona has gone hand in hand with rapid development as an England defender.

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"It looked at the least we would take the game beyond extra time, but great credit to them, they managed to produce the moments that won the game".

A World Cup photographer became part of Croatia's celebration. I don't think any of them could have given any more.

"We're one of only three teams ever to get to a World Cup semi-final".

"Heroes" There's plenty of sympathy in defeat from The Mirror, which offsets the image of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli crouched on the turf at the final whistle with the message, "We're proud of you all".

But despite the heartbreak, they and manager Gareth Southgate have reconnected many people with the national team. "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".

Yes, the conclusion had a familiar ring - but there was enough that was fresh and hopeful for the future that England's World Cup can be judged as a success. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals. Nobody wanted to give in.

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