World Cup Chat: Croatia through to World Cup final, England's dream run comes to an end

It's been an unbelievable ride for England, but the Three Lions will leave Russia without a first World Cup since 1966, falling at the semi-final stage once again, while Croatia will compete for the Jules Rimmet trophy for the first time in their short history, winning 2-1 in Moscow this morning.

With one of the youngest and most inexperienced squads at the tournament, England stunned the footballing world with a run to the final four, however Croatia came away winners on the day, coming through another extra-time thriller.

Chris Chang and Simon Plumb got out of the office, and headed down to the pub once more to take in the action.

Today's results

Croatia 2-1 England

Upcoming fixtures

Third-place playoff

Sun 15 July
2AM Belgium vs England

Word Cup Final

Mon 16 July
3AM France vs Croatia

Chris Chang and Simon Plumb are live from the pub after this morning's semi-final. Source: 1 NEWS


'Dreams were shattered' – Inside a London pub minutes after England’s World Cup dream ends

Distraught England fans will have to wait another four years after their team were knocked out of FIFA World Cup after going down 2-1 to Croatia in Moscow in their semi-final this morning.

TVNZ's Europe Correspondent Joy Reid was in a London pub covering the match. She said once Croatia got in front 2-1 in extra time, England fans' heads fell in despair.

"It's amazing I've seen grown men fighting back tears, people literally got up and walked out the second that the game finished," Reid said.

"They were just so frustrated."

England will face off against Belgium for a third place play-off match on Sunday while France will take on Croatia in the final on Monday morning in Moscow (3am NZ time).

1 NEWS Europe Correspondent Joy Reid was there as England were beaten by Croatia. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Croatian football fans in Auckland erupt in ecstasy as team beats England

Football fans at Auckland's Croatian Cultural Society went bonkers after their team Croatia defeated England 2-1 in their FIFA World Cup semi-final this morning at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of extra time to cement his team's spot in their first ever World Cup final.

Once the fulltime siren sounded Croatian fans at the CCS base cheered and gave their national football team a standing ovation.

Waving their Croatian flags with pride, one male fan took off his top in celebration of his team's World Cup win.

Croatia will now take on France in the final in Moscow on Monday at 3am (NZ time).

TVNZ's Matty McLean was on hand as Croatia sealed a spot in the World Cup final. Source: 1 NEWS