England came back from a one nil in the final minutes to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Croatia in the UEFA Nations League. The Three Lions gained a sweet revenge for their FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat earlier this year.
The match started clumsily with both sides failed to breakthrough in the first half. England were in trouble, facing a relegation to the Group B of the competition after Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric opened the scoring for Croatian at Wembley.
The game was seemingly dominated by the visitors until in the 78 minutes, when substitute Jesse Lingard flicked the ball into the net from a Harry Kane push. In less than ten minutes, the captain himself slid his 20th international goals beating Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic in the 85 minutes to double the score.
With this victory, Gareth Southgate’s young squad successfully avoided UEFA Nations League relegation. The nation maintained its position at the top of Group A 4 with seven points. They qualify for the finals in Portugal next summer.
The dates and format are as follows:
5 June: Semi-final 1
6 June: Semi-final 2
9 June: Third-place play-off
9 June: Final
England had got £1.5m by beating Croatia and finishing top of their group. The winner of the Nations League tournament will receive £6.67m and the trophy.