World Cup semi-final England v Croatia

England football fans enjoying the World Cup

England football fans enjoying the World Cup

Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance. "So I chose to build a pub", Lewis said.

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.

Fellow fan Alex Klein, 28, added: "If we win, if we beat Croatia I'll, I'll probably cry, because to see England in a World Cup final is, is like a dream, a lifelong dream".

England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow. "I don't why we always do this, but we always do it to ourselves", he said.

With the game's score tied as of this story's publish, chances are high there will only be more beer spilled as English - and Croatian - fans continue to root avidly for their country's success on the World Cup stage. Look at the other teams they'll be up against. "We picked it up in the first half of extra time, but after that, when they got that last goal, they dominated completely", he said.

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Jorge Campillo (65) finished in third place, a shot further back, and defending champion Jon Rahm was in a share of fourth after a 66.

Croatia and England are joined in the last four by France and Belgium after a World Cup at which several heavyweights, namely Germany, Brazil and Spain, were eliminated earlier than expected.

"You all just said to them, "Just do what you can", but now even you are hoping that it can come home, yeah?"

A World Cup photographer became part of Croatia's celebration.

There were scenes of heartbreak at the various fan parks across the nation, including at Hyde Park, where 30,000 gathered to watch the big game. There had been huge optimism during the day that while France in the final would be a tough proposition, there was little doubt that England would make it. There will in time be positives to take, it's very hard now to put that into context, it's a bit too soon, really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit.

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