Recap: Mandzukic, Perisic fire Croatia to 2-1 victory and confirm final spot, leave England in third-place playoff

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, center, carries Luka Modric when celebrating after his team advanced to the final during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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  • Kieran Trippier fired England into early lead, Perisic levelled for Croatia
  • Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to put Croatia ahead with just minutes remaining
  • England face Belgium in a third-place playoff on Saturday
  • Southgate:  “We were so close to what was almost unimaginable at the start”
  • Southgate: “We are where we are as a team. We’ve come an incredible way in a short space of time”
  • Kane: “For sure (a missed opportunity). We wanted to go on, we wanted to win it. We felt we were good enough, we’ve fallen just a bit short. It just hurts”
  • Slaven Bilic: “It’s good for all those smaller countries – if you dream, if you have character, the dreams are possible”