How England Beat Croatia?? The crowd at Wembley had to bank upon one moment of madness that separated the two sides after a pulsating second half. A tie that was deemed as the clash of titans couldn’t really live up to its billing in the opening 45 minutes with England pressing desperately for an opening while the World Cup finalists soaked in all the pressure only to scramble in the dark.

 

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After a few initial edgy touches, England savoured an early bout of supremacy. This was thanks to an electrifying thunderbolt from range administered by Phil Foden. Much to the woes of the City attacker, he could only glaze the woodwork. It seemed that luck wasn’t going to be on their side. However, this was just the start of something beautiful on the pitch.

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The Croatia custodian was compelled to put in another diving save to deny Kalvin Phillips a shy at glory. The Leeds midfielder was in sensational touch throughout the night and was the artist behind Croatia’s destruction.

It seemed as if the English team had all the ingredients to cook a sublime outing and yet Southgate’s recipe lacked the most important factor to make it work. Kane kept on roving aimlessly in the first half and Sterling’s runs were mostly wayward.

Despite a slow and a nervous start, the Croats settled into the game beautifully in the latter part of the opening 45 minutes. However, the game underwent a paradigm shift as the second half resumed. England, desperate in pursuit of their opener shifted gears. The Croatian rearguard had a hard time keeping the English attackers at bay. This was given their blistering speed.

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The second half saw Croatia start on a more belligerent note. This came into play with Modric settling a bit deeper than usual, whipping in those long crosses.

A game that hovered around the fringes of mediocrity suddenly burst to life. That was with Raheem Sterling clattering the impasse on the 57th minute. Kalvin Phillips, the man who kept on bedeviling the Croatian defenders was also the engineer behind the solitary strike of the night at Wembley.

A blistering run from Phillips left two Croatian players twisted in a knot which was followed by a picture-perfect through-pass in the stride of an onrushing Sterling. The City forward made good use of his ingenuity to roll the ball past an advanced Livakovic right through the middle of the net.

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The opener of the night set the game ablaze as a dawdling Croatia started sparking attacks of their own with Modric dancing his way around the center. England had a golden opportunity to double their cushion within just five minutes. The synergy of Phillips and Foden carved a delectable cross for a surging Kane. A diving effort from Gvardiol thwarted Kane’s effort that blazed into the stands.

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Croatia seemed a lot more intensifying with their efforts as Rebic was handed over with a brilliant opportunity only for him to drag it wide from 15 yards away. Despite seeing a lot more of the ball, Croatia’s attacking rodeos were toothless. Perisic seemed completely out of his element. No other attacker could manifest the midfield salvo of the Croats into numbers that would have favoured their cause.

Southgate would be a happy man after the victory. Despite that, he will have a lot to frown about with Kane failing to hit the right note. The form of an out-of-form skipper is always a matter of concern. This is just a continuum from the friendlies and will be a huge concern for both the player and the fans. Hopefully, things can change in the days that follow and he can start firing!!