Images from England's World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia

Wednesday 11 Jul 2018
England fell to an agonising World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia

Croatia edged England after extra-time to book their place in the World Cup final.

Kieran Trippier put Gareth Southgate's side ahead with an exquisite free-kick after just five minutes.

Ivan Perisic levelled on 68 and Mario Mandzukic won the game for Croatia in the 109th minute.

But here are some of the best images from what turned out to be a heartbreaking evening:

The fans were out in force.


The shirts looked resplendent.

Gareth Southgate (right) took a look at the pitch before kick-off.

Jordan Henderson limbered up in Moscow.

And here was England's starting XI for the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

Kieran Trippier gave his side the dream start by converting a fifth-minute free-kick.

He then wheeled away in delight, chased by his ecstatic team-mates.

It was a goal celebrated by fans in Moscow and back in Blighty.

Captain Harry Kane came close to making it 2-0 in the first half.

Raheem Sterling proved a constant threat to the Croatia backline.

Jesse Lingard with some nice footwork.

Croatia really put it up to England in the second half.

And Ivan Perisic made their second-half dominance count with a 68th-minute equaliser.

Neither side could find a winner inside 90 minutes - which meant extra-time.

Mario Mandzukic sent Croatia into the World Cup final with his 109th-minute winner.
By FA Staff