Second half underway…
HT – England lead Croatia 1-0 at the halftime break
England led Croatia 1-0 at halftime in their World Cup semi-final after Kieran Trippier got them off to a flying start by scoring from a free kick after five minutes. Trippier curled the ball over the Croatia wall and into the top corner from the edge of the area. England looked much more dangerous throughout and missed a golden chance to go two goals ahead when Jesse Lingard, completely free on the edge of the penalty area, curled his shot wide.
45+1′ – Somehow England cleared out the cross in by Luka Modric from a set piece
45′ – One minute added as stoppage time
44′ – England attack from the left flank, won a throw-in near the Croatia box
40′ – Free-kick for England near their own area after Ashley Young was brought down by Ante Rebic from behind
36′ – WIDE! Jese Lingard shot it wide of Croatia goal from the edge of the box. He received the ball from the left from Dele Alli. Good chance missed
33′ – Ivan Perisic’s shot was blocked out by Ashley Young for a Croatia corner. Nothing came off the set piece
31′ – SAVE! This time it was the turn of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to make the save. Ante Rebic with the long ranger
30′ – SAVE! Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic denied Harry Kane from one-on-one situation. And from the rebound, Kane hit the post from tight angle
27′ – Free-kick for England from the left. Dejan Lovren brought down by Raheem Sterling. Ashley Young’s delivery was punched out by Danijel Subasic
25′ – Good counter run from the right by Jesse Lingard, but his final pass was wayward and behind the charging Harry Kane and Dele Alli
22′ – Raheem Sterling found himself with the ball at the top of the Croatia box, but it was good defending by the Croatians. Sterling was forced to release it for Harry Kane, who was caught off-side
21′ – Free-kick for England at the half line for a foul on Harry Kane
WIDE! Ivan Perisic’s attempt from diatance went just wide of England goal
14′ – Second corner for England. Kieron Trippier’s delivery for the corner kick found Harry Maguire in the middle, but the England defender headed it wide of Croatia goal
12′ – Corner for England. Ashley Young with the delivery from the set piece, but the ref whistled for a free-kick for Croatia
9′ – Corner for Croatia. Luka Modric with the delivery but England cleared it out.
5′ – GOAL! Kieran Trippier scored a free-kick to put England in the lead
WHAT A GOAL! England’s new ‘David Beckham’ Trippier hit the back of the top right from the set piece. What a timing to score his first international goal. No chance for Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic
4′ – Free-kick for England from a dangerous position. Luka Modric brought down Dele Alli just outside the Croatia area
3′ – Mario Mandzukic penalised for a foul on Jordan Henderson
Here we go….
*Time for National Anthems*
Croatia (4-3-3): Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Luka Modric (capt), Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic; Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic.
Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)
England (3-5-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane (capt).
Coach: Gareth Southgate (ENG)
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
England’s starting line-up for their semi-final against Croatia remained unchanged for the third knockout match in a row, with coach Gareth Southgate sticking to his trusted 5-3-2 system. Captain Harry Kane, leading scorer in the tournament with six goals, will spearhead the attack alongside Raheem Sterling, who has not scored in more than 1,000 days for England, as they look to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years.
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, set to start, will equal Dario Simic’s national record of 11 appearances at World Cups. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic brought in midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in place of forward Andrej Kramaric in an effort to control the pace of the game. Key defender Sime Vrsaljko was passed fit to start after recovering from a knee injury.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the second semi-final between Croatia and England. The match starts at 23:30 IST.