World Cup semi-final England v Croatia

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Croatian players left a pitchside photographer sprawled out on the floor as they celebrated Mario Mandzukic's goal in extra time which handed them a World Cup semi-final win against England.

"I do predict an England win", he said.

On this date exactly 20 years ago, Croatia achieved the greatest success in its football history after winning the bronze of the 1998 World Cup in France. "All of my friends are England supporters and, seeing as I'm likely the only Croatian they know, they've all called me out to wish me good luck for the semi-final!"

"We just had to do it", said Hoodgraff member Artyom Burzh, who started the painting after watching Russian Federation beat Egypt in its second game of the tournament. By comparison, during England's last match against Sweden-which happened during the very booze-friendly hours of Saturday afternoon, mind you-the BBPA believes a mere eight million more pints than normal were moved across the bar. I think my wife would throw me out if I spent that much.

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"They're like me - this is the most relaxed we have been, but England is obviously the first choice".

In the end, it was not to be, though amid the disappointment there was also a feeling that the tournament was still something to savour, the first such World Cup for a long time.

And while he said his bar was likely to be full with Croatia and England fans, Mr Colgan won't be working, making sure he can enjoy the match.

The video above captured the atmosphere live after the match.

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