WATCH: England fans stay behind to serenade the Three Lions

2018-07-12 11:12
England fans (Getty Images)

Cape Town - England fans stayed behind at the Luzhniki Stadium after Croatia ended the Three Lions' hopes of reaching the Soccer World Cup final.

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Despite Gareth Southgate's charges taking an early lead through a magnificent Kieran Trippier free-kick, plucky Croatia kept showing signs of improvement as the match progressed.

Late in the second-half, Ivan Perisic equalised for the Luka Modric-lead side which took the match beyond 90 minutes.

England's energy slowly deteriorated and were duly punished for their lack of concentration in defence.

With 11 minutes left of extra-time, Mario Mandzukic pounced on a lose ball in the penalty area to send Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.

Proud of their nation, the 10 000-strong England fans opted to stay behind and sing several songs to cheer up their players.

ALSO READ: Prince William urges England to hold heads high

England will now meet Belgium for the 3rd Place encounter on Saturday, July 14 (kick-off at 16:00 SA time).

Meanwhile, the final will be played on Sunday, July 15 between France and Croatia (kick-off at 17:00 SA time).

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