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England vs Croatia: 5 areas where England lost the game to Croatia

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12 Jul 2018, 16:36 IST

#4 England's inconsistency in attack

Croatia v England - FIFA World Cup 2018 - Semi Final - Luzhniki Stadium

Speed was the biggest asset of this England team and they attacked Croatia with pace and directness that almost made the Croatians nervous. England took advantage of Croatia’s high line by playing direct, counter-attacking football. Yet after the goal, England decided to sit back and rally on the counter.

Eventually, this strategy backfired as Croatia found their foothold in the game and on the other hand, Kane and Lingard missed easy chances to double the lead. The English players lost their intensity and allowed Croatia back into the game. There were a few last ditched tackles from England as things got intense and their defence started to crumble. Rebic started gaining on Young and took the ball off him. Perisic almost made them pay when his attempt on goal came back off the upright.


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