England´s forward Harry Kane (L) and England´s coach Gareth Southgate react after losing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.
A goal in the second half from Ivan Perisic forced extra time, and Mandzukic's strike destroyed England's dream run short, as a team that surpassed expectations and has a bright future failed to really play well after the break.
It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and objective as England lost their shape and composure, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick. 'They should be more humble and respect more opponents.
"We deserved the victory", said match-winner Mandzukic.
Croatia completed an impressive comeback against Gareth Southgate's side after Kieran Trippier opened the scoring in only the 5th minute at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Croatia is trolling the England national soccer team after dumping it out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in heartbreaking fashion. Croatia started to enjoy their best period of the match, dictating play and controlling possession.
About 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored, defender Sime Vrsaljko headed a shot on target off the goal line to keep the score tied.
Croatia's dream continues into Sunday's final against France. Plenty of others captured the moment England fans were so loud in defeat that you could hardly hear what Slaven Bilic and Ryan Giggs had to say.
England players collapsed on the pitch, distraught as the Croatians and their fans celebrated wildly, .
"The scars left from that nightmare half-an-hour against Kane must still be there and if the England skipper can score an early goal in Moscow tonight, it will be interesting to see how Lovren reacts. But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work hard and prove everyone wrong".
He added: "Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", he said.
"But the team will be stronger for that and as we reflect over the next few days, there will be a lot more positives". It's been a fantastic journey. This is an wonderful achievement for us - it's a dream come true after such a long time.
France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.