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It's not coming home: Mandzukic breaks English hearts

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It's not coming home: Mandzukic breaks English hearts © Dan Mullan/Getty Images It's not coming home: Mandzukic breaks English hearts Croatia will face France in the Football World Cup final on Monday (NZ time) after beating England 2-1 in their semi-final.

Mario Mandzukic scored the match-winning goal in the 109th minute to send his country through and break English hearts in Moscow.   

The Juventus striker capitalised on a brief lapse in the English defence to score the goal which sends Croatia through to their first Football World Cup final.

Both sides were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Croatia's Ivan Perisic scored in the 68th minute to cancel out Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick.

Trippier curled the ball in after five minutes to get England off to a flying start, but Croatia hit back, when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.

"It hurts," England captain Harry Kane said after the match. "It's going to hurt for a while but we can hold our heads high.

"We had good chances at one to nil up. We got a bit deep at times. Hard to say (what went missing in second half). They played well and made it difficult for us.

"Great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it. We felt we were good enough but we fell a bit short. It hurts.

"It shows how we can be up here, can get to semi-finals. The next step is to go one further.

"We're proud of what we achieved but wanted more. We have to dust ourselves down and go again in a couple of years."

England will now play Belgium in the third-place playoff on Sunday in St Petersburg.

Croatia 2 (Ivan Perisic 68m, Mario Mandzukic 109m) England 1 (Kieran Trippier 5m) at Luzhniki Stadium.

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