England and Croatia battled Wednesday for the chance to advance to the World Cup final, with Croatia outlasting the Three Lions 2-1 in extra time. England scratched first on a free kick by Kieran Trippier in the fifth minute, but in the 68th minute Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko booted a cross from the right to Ivan Perisic, who knocked in the score to even the game. Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winner for Croatia in the 109th minute. The win propels Croatia to the tournament final for the first time ever, where they will face France, who punched their ticket to the final Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Belgium. The championship will take place Sunday, July 15.
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