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Kieran Trippier's early free-kick had England dreaming of a first major final since 1966, only for Ivan Perisic to level and Mario Mandzukic to strike in extra-time.

Mbappe appeared unsafe throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia.

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.

England fans are already riled up this World Cup, and the goal got them even more pumped. "We have one more game left, and we have never been more motivated". Surely Harry Kane, the tourney leader with six goals, or another instant hero would convert the one chance they needed.

Well well well, would you look what they've gone and done.

. "There's a lot of ifs and buts".

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work". Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is already refusing to use his team's weariness as an excuse, but just as it was against England, the condition of the players is bound to be a central question in the biggest game Croatia has ever played.

Predicting a "difficult and intriguing match for both teams", the Liverpool centre-back dismissed the notion that Croatia are at a disadvantage because they have had to play 120 minutes twice in a week.

Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches.

Perisic scored Croatia's equaliser and later hit the post, showing his game changing talent which saw him score 11 goals and provide nine assists this season. They were a joy to watch. They faced Colombia, Sweden and Croatia in the knockout phase, all good teams but none of them a traditional power like Germany or Italy or Brazil, let alone France or Uruguay.

Italy did not qualify for the World Cup, losing to Sweden in a playoff for which Balotelli was not selected.