Ultimately the passing, composure and experience of Croatia ground them down. The last World Cup was pretty boring and if France and Croatia could avoid that happening again, I'd be pretty pleased about it. I hope they're not too devastated, the players. All eyes on Subasic as Croatia look upto him. Vrsaljko has found space on the right, Perisic is ahead of him and crosses in. Giroud heads the corner away, Croatia keep up the pressure.
The ball through to Subasic. Croatia look really up for this early on and aren't showing nerves! Mandzukic's forearm rolls over the top of Umtiti's forehead. Croatia survive and try to stretch the pitch with the full-backs high and wide. This is the next game. The ball comes off Perisic's hand. I don't think we could have given more over the six or seven weeks. Modric comes deep to take it from Brosovic, one-two.
Loads to enjoy in this piece from Molly McElwee at the Boxpark in Croydon. Perisic has gone down off the ball and Hernandez appears to be at fault. Few more problems for the Croatian side to sort out, they are sweating on the fitness of their full-back Sime Vrsaljko. It is not even coming back for a brief look-around and a robust discussion about the relative merits of a back three without a natural left-sided defender. Press high, foul if France look like they might even consider countering and shift the ball wide. Get the live World Cup scores, goal alerts, World Cup standings, World Cup fixtures and more. Vrsaljko tries a shot from 30 yards which.
By the end of the night Dalic, a former footballer who never won an international cap and coached most recently in the Gulf states, was in his red chequer-board shirt and describing how he watched the first three games in the 1998 tournament as a fan. Jurgen Klinsmann brings up a really good point and says that clubs can't roll the red carpet out for these young players - they have to be nasty, show determination and drive and earn those starting positions. Perisic down the left, Mandzukic has got the beating of Stones, he slides in to get it. I personally fancy England to win, but Croatia represent a step up from anything they have faced so far. Played back in, Modric tries the spectacular but gets it all wrong. France hit towards Giroud, he sets up Griezmann.
The last one was actually really well taken. He's accidentally collided with the Croatia winger and given him a wee knock. Alli looks up, and plays it out to the right. The French are screaming for a handball. Mbappe clears as Mandzukic can't keep the thing under control.
Rakitic rides a tackle and slips the ball in behind the defence, Rebic comes onto it and hits at a narrow angle with power! Croatia nearly hit them back straight away! It's an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that not only has he not been very good, he's also actually been quite bad. They never, ever gave up. A ball played in, it is half cleared by Walker, who looks exhausted. It has been a gruelling, exhausting run for Zlatko Dalic's team, and they must rouse themselves for one last effort. . The margins are fine, but the bigger picture was clear by then, and it did not look good for England.
End to end play with one pass from France. No Croatian player on the six-yard box for the Perisic cross. But it's getting earlier all the time. We will miss this World Cup like no other. The England captain still looks the most likely candidate to finish the World Cup as the golden boot winner but this was a strange evening for him, in which he missed one first half chance and then faded after the break. Vida heads behind for a corner. It would be a shock if Croatia did win.
He heads it into the area and there is Mandzukic to pounce and slot it home. Predictably it's all about how clubs in the Premier League need to trust their youngsters and start actually playing them. In extra time there were chances that will be forgotten in time, including a John Stones header cleared off the line by Vrsaljko. Modric probing, and those two powerful, strong wingers cutting inside. Quite a lot of people on the internet don't seem to think so and, as has become depressingly usual, many sections of the media haven't really helped. Loftus-Cheek is a fairly unique example because Chelsea is a farce when it comes to bringing through youth players but he should have done enough this summer to earn a starting place.
These guys look like the kind of hired goon easily deceived by a 'surprise package' being delivered to the cell, by someone posing to be a post-man but who is actually executing a cunning plan. France seem to be clearing all the danger thrown at them by Croatia just like they did against Belgium. There was one final, memorable twist as Mandzukic chased down a Samuel Umtiti back-pass with Lloris far too casual as he tried to take the ball around the forward. Despite the success of the 1908 Summer Olympics when football became an official competition. Strinic comes to take it. The ball comes in and comes off a France defender. Nebil Fekir comes on for Olivier Giroud.
For Croatia, Modric and Rakitic are the ones who set the tempo, control the game and make the team work. They look very dangerous from set pieces. Vrsaljko comes flying in to take Griezmann out with a slide tackle. The pass from Pogba is sensational - the best I've seen in this tournament. Kane could have made it two apart from a fine double save. England did far better in the tournament than anyone could have hoped.