Factbox: Croatia vs. England semi-last history factbox
MOSCOW Reuters – here is a quick background of old World Cup semi-closing appearances by England and Croatia, ahead of their remaining four healthy at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday:
– England’s first semi-ultimate appearance at a global Cup got here at their home match in 1966.
In front of more than ninety,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, Bobby Charlton put them forward with a rebound shot from a clearance within the first half daftar poker and brought another after the smash to head 2-0 up towards Portugal, led by means of 1965 Ballon d’Or winner Eusebio.
The Portuguese reduce the deficit in the 82nd minute with Eusebio’s penalty however the hosts held on to installation a closing against West Germany, whom they beat 4-2 after beyond regular time to raise their most effective overseas trophy thus far.
– The Three Lions reached their 2nd World Cup semi-last in 1990 nevertheless it turned into a miles less joyous adventure.
England and West Germany were goalless at halftime at Turin’s Stadio delle Alpi. German Andreas Brehme put the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finalists forward with a deflected shot off Paul Parker.
With time running out and power mounting, England charged forward and their all-time properly World Cup scorer Gary Lineker snatched an 80th minute equalizer to send the online game into additional time.
despite each teams hitting the woodwork and lacking chances to score in extra time, together with David Platt having an effort ruled offside, they have been nonetheless tied 1-1 when they went to penalties.
The Germans and English scored all of their first three penalties, with Brehme, Lothar Matthaeus, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Lineker, Peter Beardsley and Platt.
but then Stuart Pearce had his penalty saved by using Bodo Illgner earlier than Olaf Thon transformed Germany’s fourth to supply them the side.
Chris Waddle then sent his effort high over the bar to send West Germany via to the closing and depart England’s Paul Gascoigne in tears.
– Croatia, who became impartial after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early Nineties, made their first World Cup appearance in 1998 and reached the semi-finals at their very first attempt.
Led by means of present Croatian football association President Davor Suker and a string of talented players who realized their trade in what become then Yugoslavia during their formative years years, together with Alen Boksic, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki amongst others, Croatia loved a lovely run to the closing four.
They entire 2d of their neighborhood behind Argentina however then edged Romania in the circular of 16 with a Suker penalty before marvelous Germany 3-0, with Suker again on track.
The Croats’ ‘golden technology’ then took a 1-0 lead over hosts France at Paris’ Stade de France early within the 2nd half with Suker’s fifth goal of the match however Lilian Thuram scored twice — his best overseas goals — to lift the domestic nation to a comeback victory and a section in the ultimate.
France beat Brazil to elevate their first World Cup whereas Croatia had to settle for third location after goals from Suker and Prosinecki gave them a 2-1 buy over Netherlands within the third location playoff match.
– before its independence Croatia turned into part Yugoslavia, who had reached the world Cup semi-finals twice. Nicknamed ‘the Brazilians of Europe’, the Yugoslavs misplaced to Uruguay 6-1 of their 1930 semi-last at the inaugural World Cup.
They additionally reached the ultimate four in 1962 before losing to Czechoslovakia.
Croatia-born Drazen Jerkovic became joint proper scorer of the 1962 match and changed into in short caretaker coach of a nonetheless-unrecognized with the aid of each FIFA and UEFA Croatian country wide team in 1990.
Reporting through Karolos Grohmann; modifying through Christian Radnedge