MOSCOW - Croatia showed magnificent resilience to come from behind and beat England 2-1 on Wednesday as Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal sent them into their first World Cup final and sparked celebrations across the Balkan nation. England had looked on course for their first final since 1966 as they led through Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free kick and totally dominated the opening half. But Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, leveled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side.
MOSCOW — England finally shook off their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday, July 3, after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalized in the 93rd minute. England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three out of four in the European Championship and looked on course for another nightmare when midfielder Jordan Henderson saw his spot-kick saved by David Ospina.