Croatia into first ever World Cup final after beating England 2-1

Croatia fans have cried tears of joy after their country reached the FIFA World Cup final for the first time ever.

The side came from behind to beat England 2-1 on Thursday night, in a thrilling match that went into extra time.

The Three Lions led for most of the game thanks to a Kieran Trippier free kick in the fifth minute.


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England continued to dominate the opening half, before a determined Croatia returned to the pitch in the second half with Ivan Perisic finding the back of the net in the 68th minute.

The scores remained locked for the rest of the regular time, with the side forced to play on.

It was in the 109th minute that Mario Mandzukic scored, sending the Balkan nation into raptures.

Croatia will now face France in the final on Monday morning (AEST), with England and Belgium to play off for third place.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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