How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

But a second-half goal from Ivan Perisic and an extra-time victor from Mario Mandzukic ended England's dream of reaching the final and winning a second World Cup for their country.

Three Lions had been the soundtrack to the summer, with supporters optimistically rejoicing in the chorus of "It's Coming Home".

They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

In the moment that every England fan dreads, Pickford picked the right spot and saved the penalty.

The score was 1-1 at injury time when captain Harry Kane scored a dramatic goal in the 91st minute.

Others would have haggled with touts and individual sellers to try and get hold of the most sought-after ticket in town.

The fact remains, though, that on Sunday they will play the biggest match of their lives against a France side bursting with youth and vigour that has had a day more rest and played the equivalent of a match fewer over the knockout rounds. We're taking it step by step. We did not underestimate them.

"We take it on the chin, we move on".

"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic.

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Parv Moondi, 49, from Norwich, was heading out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.

Will Kumar, who was also dashing to the 8.45am departure, said: "After the second goal on Saturday I texted my wife and said, "I'm going", and that's when the planning started".

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it".

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters.

"This was the dream, we could've made it".

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat. I don't know of a smaller country in a World Cup final.

According to the official Federation Internationale de Football Association report about TV ratings for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the third-place fixture between Uruguay and Germany was the 14th-most-watched game out of the event (out of 64 total fixtures) in terms of global television viewers, at 245 million (which takes into account both viewers of the live telecast and viewers of replays or tape-delayed telecasts).

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

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