Croatia, Wednesday, came from a goal down to beat England in the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup here in Moscow, Russia. Kieran Trippier had given England hope from a delightful free-kick in the fifth minute of play. But Croatia hit back when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.
Both teams traded blows for the rest of the 90 minutes but were forced into extra time locked at 1-1. After a tense first period Mario Mandzukic then broke England hearts in the 109th minute. Croatia will play France in the final on Sunday.
Samoura sings Russian praise
The 2018 World Cup in Russia sets very high expectations for the next tournament, scheduled for 2022 in Qatar, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said on Wednesday. “I think that whoever has visited this country over the past four weeks, will come back home with a memory that Russia is one of the best hosts of the FIFA World Cup. I feel for Qatar because you have set the bar very, very high,” Samoura said. Samoura added that Russia had exceeded all expectations during the World Cup. “You have exceeded all our expectations, in hosting, in organising, in security, in friendly smiles, in accepting diversity,” the secretary general said. Samoura added that she wished to express her profound gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin for making the event possible.
Emirates fascinates travellers on ice at World Cup
Emirates Airlines, according to Tripadvisor, is fascinating its Nigerian passengers across all its flight with fun and pleasurable moments of viewing the 2018 World Cup matches in its planes so that football lovers do not miss out in any of the matches. The passengers on board are before live coverage of the 2018 World Cup tournament which began on 4th June on Sports24 and Sport24Extra channels registered on ICE. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years. Emirates have since the beginning of the tournament kept its travelling Football lovers lively and have made them enjoy live matches on board its aircraft. The airline will screen the 64 matches to keep them away from boredom and help them follow the games till the end.