When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.
Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday.
Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.
France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.
Here’s a look at how the fans reacted to Croatia’s victory on Twitter.
Croatia had 22 shots, 7 on target, compared to England’s 11, 1 on target. Can’t really complain with result.— Natalie Pirks (@Natpirks) July 11, 2018
I’m sorry but the referee was so unfair to England! Croatia got through the game by being aggressive and cheating! ? furred but proud of England ❤️???????#ENGCRO— Saoirse (@SaoirseMuzyczka) July 11, 2018
A little reality check. England did very well, can hold their heads up, and over-achieved. But they beat Panama, Tunisia and Sweden; drew with Colombia, and lost to Belgium and Croatia. That's an expectable performance...— Michael Carlson (@Carlsonsports) July 11, 2018
Soccer ⚽️ is a bitter democracy. A small Croatia ?? inflicting a historical and humiliating defeat on England ??????? a country which prides itself of having conquered the world through the “British Empire” ?— Elijah Ngurare (@ngurare) July 11, 2018
#ENGCRO— Debris . (@Krooss_9) July 11, 2018
A minute of silence for Justin Timberlake who broadcasted Croatia vs England match at his concert, only for England to lose.
Hope he played "Cry Me a River".
Well done Croatia! England stopped playing after they scored. Great World Cup though! Be proud! Now Lovren, win this thing! Warrior tonight!— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) July 11, 2018
Tunisia W— Roberto Firmino ?? (@RhythmicRoberto) July 11, 2018
Croatia was England's only test and they failed pic.twitter.com/8zGpPE1jwr
Feeling absolutely gutted but also very proud as England have played with incredible spirit and dignity throughout this tournament! Congratulations to Croatia and well done England you did us proud! ???????— Andy Cook (@Bobthebalder) July 11, 2018
(With inputs from AP)
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