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In the beginning, it was quintessential England. In the end, it was quintessential Mario Mandzukic; it is the end of England’s magical World Cup run; and it is the continuation of Croatia’s.

Croatia, a country of just over 4 million people, advanced to its first-ever World Cup final with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over the English on Wednesday.

Henry Bushnell

<p>Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic, Domagoj Vida, and Englands Raheem Sterling (L-R) in their 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match at Luzhniki Stadium. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
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Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic, Domagoj Vida, and Englands Raheem Sterling (L-R) in their 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match at Luzhniki Stadium. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Ivan Perisic of Croatia beats Kyle Walker to the cross with a high foot scoring for 1-1 in the 68th minute (photo by Ulrik Pedersen/Action Plus via Getty Images) </p>
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Ivan Perisic of Croatia beats Kyle Walker to the cross with a high foot scoring for 1-1 in the 68th minute (photo by Ulrik Pedersen/Action Plus via Getty Images)

<p>Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric heads the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) </p>
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Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric heads the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

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<p>Kieran Trippier of England scores his team’s first goal past Danijel Subasic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Heiman – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) </p>
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Kieran Trippier of England scores his team’s first goal past Danijel Subasic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Heiman – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

<p>England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (C) stops a shot on goal by Croatia’s forward Ante Rebic (L) next to England’s defender Harry Maguire (R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP) </p>
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England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (C) stops a shot on goal by Croatia’s forward Ante Rebic (L) next to England’s defender Harry Maguire (R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

<p>Croatia’s Luka Modric holds England’s Harry Maguire during the FIFA World Cup, Semi Final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images) </p>
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Croatia’s Luka Modric holds England’s Harry Maguire during the FIFA World Cup, Semi Final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

<p>Josip Pivaric of Croatia heads the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) </p>
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Josip Pivaric of Croatia heads the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

<p>Luka Modric of Croatia and Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrate reaching the World Cup final during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
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Luka Modric of Croatia and Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrate reaching the World Cup final during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>A dejected Jordan Pickford of England as Croatia reach the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory in extra time during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
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A dejected Jordan Pickford of England as Croatia reach the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory in extra time during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Harry Kane of England and Luka Modric of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
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Harry Kane of England and Luka Modric of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (2nd-R) catches the ball ahead of Croatia’s forward Ante Rebic (C) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) </p>
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England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (2nd-R) catches the ball ahead of Croatia’s forward Ante Rebic (C) during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

<p>England’s defender Danny Rose (R) vies for the ball with Croatia’s forward Ante Rebic during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) </p>
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England’s defender Danny Rose (R) vies for the ball with Croatia’s forward Ante Rebic during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

<p>Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores a goal to make it 2-1 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
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Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores a goal to make it 2-1 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Croatia versus England; Luka Modric of Croatia and Harry Kane of England fighting for the ball (photo by Ulrik Pedersen/Action Plus via Getty Images) </p>
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Croatia versus England; Luka Modric of Croatia and Harry Kane of England fighting for the ball (photo by Ulrik Pedersen/Action Plus via Getty Images)

<p>Danijel Subasic of Croatia throws himself at a shot from Harry Kane of England during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) </p>
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Danijel Subasic of Croatia throws himself at a shot from Harry Kane of England during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

<p>Croatia’s defender Dejan Lovren (L) challenges England’s forward Harry Kane during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP) </p>
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Croatia’s defender Dejan Lovren (L) challenges England’s forward Harry Kane during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

<p>Croatia’s defender Dejan Lovren (L) challenges England’s forward Harry Kane during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP) </p>
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Croatia’s defender Dejan Lovren (L) challenges England’s forward Harry Kane during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

<p>England’s forward Harry Kane (L) attempts to score past Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP) </p>
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England’s forward Harry Kane (L) attempts to score past Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP)

<p>Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (L) vies for the header with England’s defender Kieran Trippier during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP) </p>
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Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (L) vies for the header with England’s defender Kieran Trippier during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP)

<p>Jordan Pickford of England collides with Ante Rebic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
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Jordan Pickford of England collides with Ante Rebic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>Kieran Trippier of England celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
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Kieran Trippier of England celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>England’s Ashley Young, down, and Croatia’s Sime Vrsaljko, up, challenge for the ball during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) </p>
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England’s Ashley Young, down, and Croatia’s Sime Vrsaljko, up, challenge for the ball during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

<p>Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (R) heads the ball with England’s defender John Stones the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) </p>
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Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (R) heads the ball with England’s defender John Stones the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

<p>Croatia’s Domagoj Vida in action. REUTERS/Darren Staples </p>
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Croatia’s Domagoj Vida in action. REUTERS/Darren Staples

<p>Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, Englands Jordan Henderson and John Stones (L-R) in their 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match at Luzhniki Stadium. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
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Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, Englands Jordan Henderson and John Stones (L-R) in their 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match at Luzhniki Stadium. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Mick Jagger looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) </p>
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Mick Jagger looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

<p>Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic concedes from a free-kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP) </p>
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Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic concedes from a free-kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)

<p>England supporters sing the national anthem during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP) </p>
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England supporters sing the national anthem during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP)

<p>Ashley Young of England tackles Ante Rebic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) </p>
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Ashley Young of England tackles Ante Rebic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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