England fans think Croatia should be disqualified from the World Cup - this is why

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England were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the World Cup semi final on Wednesday, July 11

It might not be coming home, but it's hard to argue England's performance in Russia didn't bring a huge sense of pride to the nation.

 

 

The Three Lions' incredible journey in this year's World Cup came to end on Wednesday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Croatia after extra time.

There was brawling in the streets of Cambridge after fans were left crushed by the defeat.

Gareth Southgate's men had got ahead through Kieran Trippier's early free-kick and looked good value for their lead for most of the energy-sapping clash in Moscow.

Birmingham Live reports that just when it looked like England might pull off the seemingly impossible and reach the final, they were rocked by Ivan Perisic's equaliser with 22 minutes to go.


England manager Gareth Southgate during the FIFA World Cup, Quarter Final match at the Samara Stadium.

And they were left heartbroken in extra time when Mario Mandzukic struck to put Croatia into Sunday's showpiece against France.

Southgate said afterwards: "There'll be a new benchmark and level of expectation.

Crowds outside The Regal after England wins place in World Cup semi final 

Yellow cards

There was some confusion when Ante Rebic was booked in the first-half of extra-time as many were led to believe he had already been cautioned in the 48th minute.

However, it turns out that after a VAR review, a Croatia player was indeed shown a yellow card by referee Cuneyt Cakir - but it was to Mandzukic instead for throwing the ball away.

Therefore a repeat of Graham Poll's fiasco from the 2006 World Cup when the Croats momentarily benefited from the official failing to spot he booked Josip Simunic three times was avoided.

Domagoj Vida controversy

Speaking of bans, one player who could have missed the semi-final was defender Domagoj Vida.

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