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Croatia star in dreamland after semi-final goal - 9 months ago, 12 July 11:39

Ivan Perisic scored the goal which forced extra-time in Croatia's historic 2-1 World Cup semi-final win over England on Wednesday, an impact he could "only dream" of having.

England appeared well-placed to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 when Kieran Trippier put them ahead with a fine early free-kick in Moscow.

But Croatia rallied after the break and Perisic got the goal to peg England back, producing a flying finish after Sime Vrsaljko's deep cross.

Mario Mandzukic then completed the turnaround in extra time, finishing off England to successfully get beyond the last four for the first time after losing to France in the semi-finals 20 years ago.

When asked where he was during that game in 1998, Perisic told reporters: "I was back in my hometown, rooting for Croatia in my jersey.

"I could only dream of scoring one of the most important goals to send Croatia into a final."

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