cloudy
Monday September 24th, 2018 7:37PM

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

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MOSCOW (AP) — When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday.

Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.

Defender Sime Vrsaljko kept the score even by heading a shot off the goal line about 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute. Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute.

But football will not be coming home, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard.

___

More AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/WorldCup

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Witness: Florida massacre suspect made threats about school
New documents released by Florida prosecutors show that a woman whose daughter worked with Nikolas Cruz at a discount store says he told her before the Parkland massacre that he might shoot people at the school and possibly the woman as well
4:43PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1
Croatia is going to its first World Cup final
4:40PM ( 11 minutes ago )
With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom
The 12 Thai boys rescued from deep within an inundated cave made two finger victory signs from their hospital beds in a moving video from the isolation ward where they are recuperating after an 18-day ordeal
4:36PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
2 ranchers pardoned by Trump arrive home in Oregon
Father and son ranchers who were pardoned by President Trump after becoming the focus of a battle about public lands flew home to Oregon and were greeted by family members and riders on horseback carrying American flags
4:12PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison
Authorities say a massive natural gas explosion killed a firefighter and leveled portions of a city block in a southern Wisconsin community, including a bar the firefighter owned
4:10PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says
New research suggests that high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain
4:03PM ( 49 minutes ago )
AP National News
Families split at US border return to Guatemala _ reunited
Families separated at US border return to Guatemala _ reunited.
3:06PM ( 1 hour ago )
Neo-Nazi trial puts spotlight on fate of migrants in Germany
The end of a high-profile trial over a string of neo-Nazi killings has raised fresh questions about the treatment of migrants in Germany
2:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations
He didn't shove anyone this time, but President Donald Trump's body language at NATO summit suggests his relationships with key U.S. allies aren't exactly buddy-buddy.
2:22PM ( 2 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Witness: Florida massacre suspect made threats about school
New documents released by Florida prosecutors show that a woman whose daughter worked with Nikolas Cruz at a discount store says he told her before the Parkland massacre that he might shoot people at the school and possibly the woman as well
4:43PM ( 8 minutes ago )
With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom
The 12 Thai boys rescued from deep within an inundated cave made two finger victory signs from their hospital beds in a moving video from the isolation ward where they are recuperating after an 18-day ordeal
4:36PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Federer stunned in Wimbledon QF; Nadal, Djokovic, Isner win
Roger Federer wasted a match point and a big lead and lost in five sets to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinals; Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and John Isner reached the semis
4:32PM ( 19 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump, Polish president discuss military ties
Trump, Polish president discuss strengthening military cooperation
4:31PM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: Murray, Azarenka reach mixed doubles quarters
Jamie Murray remained on course for a second straight mixed doubles title at Wimbledon after he and Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals
4:26PM ( 26 minutes ago )