Croatia Turns England’s World Cup Destiny Into Despair


MOSCOW — Mario Mandzukic ran and ran and ran until he had almost nothing left.

And then there was one more chance, early in the second period of extra time. A ball nodded back in, a tiny gap behind the England defense, and Mandzukic, Croatia’s hard-running striker, summoned whatever reserves remained and went for it. The ball fell, Mandzukic beat his man to it and slammed it under England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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