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Watch: Trippier gives England dream start but Croatia find crucial equaliser

Ivan Perišić has brought Croatia back into the game.

Image: Alexander Hassenstein

CROATIA HAVE FOUND an equaliser in the second half of their World Cup semi-final against England.

Kieran Trippier gave England the dream start with a goal from a free-kick after less than five minutes, but Croatia have struck back with a goal from Ivan Perišić to level the tie.

The equaliser came from nothing, although Croatia have been applying the pressure since the restart.

Šime Vrsaljko whipped in a cross on 68 minutes from the right and Perišić got away from Kyle Walker to tap the ball first-time into the England net.

Tippier gave England an early advantage with a goal in the fourth minute of the opening half.

He stood over the free just outside the box after Dele Alli was tripped up in possession, and curled his shot over the wall and into the top corner of the net in the fourth minute of the tie.

The Croatia equaliser leaves us facing into a tense final quarter with a place in the World Cup final up for grabs.

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