FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinals in photos

Friday, 2018-07-13 10:19:54
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Croatia make history as the team advanced through the semifinals for their first appearance in a World Cup final. (Photo: FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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NDO - Two thrilling matches in the FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinals ended up setting a date for France and Croatia in Moscow for the title. Let’s take a look at the highlights from the previous clashes.

Croatia and England competed for a ticket to the finals. England caused a surprise with Kieran Trippier’s opener in the 5th minute from a free kick. (Photo: Reuters)

England had dominated the first half but their strikers were not able to make the most of the opportunities created to widen the gap. In the second half, Croatia fought back and earned the equaliser thanks to Ivan Perisic in the 68th minute. (Photo: Reuters)

While England came undone, Croatia persisted in fighting during extra time. Finally, Zlatko Dalic's side were rewarded for their tireless efforts by Mario Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal. (Photo: Reuters)

A 2-1 victory over England helps Croatia make history. This is the first time Croatia has made a final berth at World Cup, a result that few would’ve dared to think of before the tournament began. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bartek, a five-year-old Amur tiger at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, chose the Croatian side while attempting to predict the result of the semi-final match between Croatia and England. (Photo: Reuters)

Surrendering a 1-0 lead then losing 1-2, England still couldn’t reach a World Cup final after more than half a century. (Photo: Reuters)

In contrast, Croatia's fans began to party as their team qualified for the final for the first time. (Photo: Reuters)

Croatia is one of the smallest nations, with only 4 million people, that has reached the World Cup final. (Photo: Getty Images)

England manager Gareth Southgate consoles Harry Maguire after the match. (Photo: Reuters)

Football is not coming home but instead are the England players; however their fans are still proud of the young players for their amazing run in Russia as they applaud the team after the match. (Photo: Reuters)

Previously, France beat the “golden generation” from Belgium 1-0 to become the first team to secure a final berth at this year’s World Cup, thanks to Samuel Umtiti’s goal in the 51st minute. (Photo: Reuters)

French defensive line played well as they completely kept Belgium attacking stars at bay. Les Bleus also have a brilliant Hugo Lloris who made dozens of excellent saves. (Photo: Reuters)

After 12 years, France has now reached the World Cup final again. (Photo: Getty Images)

French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates as King Philippe of Belgium looks on alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the end of the match. (Photo: Reuters)

In Paris, thousands of fans flocked to the streets after the match to celebrate the home team's victory. The French have a great opportunity to triumph for the second time after winning the championship title two decades ago. (Photo: Reuters)

Coach Didier Deschamps celebrated with Samuel Umtiti after the game. Deschamps needs just one more victory on Sunday to become the third player in World Cup history to win the title both as a manager and player. (Photo: Reuters)

Contrary to the joy of the French is the disappointment of the Belgian fans. (Photo: Reuters)

Belgium missed the chance to progress to the final for the first time, despite bringing so much expectation to the 2018 World Cup with a "golden generation" with many players entering the maturity of their career. The "Red Devils" will rematch England in the third place game on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)

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