Former Sussex schooolboy suffers World Cup semi-final heartbreak

Heather Diaz
July 13, 2018

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.

The third-place playoff at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for Federation Internationale de Football Association to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

It is a lot easier to be a player in these games than it is to be a fan, though. To be honest, it might even have been the best in my lifetime.

"There's no doubt there's been progression from two years ago against Iceland", he added, referring to England's elimination from the 2016 European Championship in a 2-1 defeat to the competition's smallest nation. "They have a day off and we'll assess them tomorrow".

"We've always had targets and we've achieved them but we wanted to go the whole way".

Tour de France 2018: stage three
BMC Racing team in the third stage of the Tour de France. "It's amusing because at the end of the day it's just another bike race. Times were taken from the fourth rider on each eight-man team to cross the line.

England are heading home, or at least they will after Saturday's third/fourth place play-off against Belgium, which is a complete and utter waste of time.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".

"Beforehand, I don't think they were expecting too much from us".

Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semifinal.

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

Gareth Southgate's side face Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Meanwhile, in London, an initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in Hyde Park watched their team come up short.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article