87 Perisic, Trippier, 86 Mandzukic, 84 Vida for World Cup Semifinal FUT Motms

It’s time for World Cup fans to take tournament dark-horses Croatia seriously. With a 2-1 come-from-behind win over England, the Vatreni, nicknamed for their iconic red-and-white checkered kits, put on a performance today that surely brought a smile to Davor Šuker and four million Croat faces.

87 Kieran Tripper propelled The Three Lions to an early 1-0 lead, with a stellar 5th-minute free-kick from 30 yards. AS Monaco keeper Danijel Subašić, for all his penalty shootout heroics, stood frozen as he watched the ball sail into the net. The Tottenham full-back made four key passes and won four aerials through 90 minutes.

Croatia grew in stature in the second half, and finally broke through the gritty English defense in the 68th minute. Šime Vrsaljko lofted in a seemingly harmless ball into the box. Manchester City’s Kyle Walker went to clear the ball with his head, but Inter Milan midfielder 87 Ivan Perišić redirected the whipped cross with the outside of his left foot for the stunning equalizer.

In extra-time, England muffled its chances and Croatia capitalized. Juventus striker 86 Mario Mandžukić slipped his man marker in the 109th, and was just vigilant enough to spin a chance from nothing. He steadied Perišić’s backwards header deftly, and slotted home below England keeper Jordan Pickford to send the country to its first-ever World Cup final.

In defense, Domagoj Vida, one of Croatia’s breakout stars, enhanced his future transfer potential once again, with another strong display. The versatile defender made two tackles, four interceptions, eight clearances, and blocked one shot against England’s explosive attack.

FIFA 18 WC MAN OF THE MATCH UPDATED RATINGS SO FAR:
Thursday, June 14
— 79->82 CM Aleksandr Golovin

Friday, June 15
— 83->85 CB José Giménez
— 95->96 ST Cristiano Ronaldo
— 84->86 ST Diego Costa
— 75->81 GK Alireza Beiranvand

Saturday, June 16
— 89->90 CM Luka Modrić
— 88->89 CDM N’Golo Kanté
— 74->80 GK Hannes Þór Halldórsson
— 74->80 RW Yussuf Poulsen
Sunday, June 17
— 80->83 CM Héctor Herrera
— 81->84 LW Hirving Lozano
— 88->89 RW Philippe Coutinho
— 80->83 LWB Aleksandar Kolarov

Monday, June 18
— 87->88 ST Harry Kane
— 86->87 ST Romelu Lukaku
— 81->84 CB Andreas Granqvist
Tuesday, June 19
— 75->81 LW M’Baye Niang
— 76->81 LM Denis Cheryshev
— 75->81 ST Yuya Ōsako
Wednesday, June 20
— 84->86 CM João Moutinho
— 86->87 LW Isco
— 91->92 ST Luis Suarez
Thursday, June 21
— 86->87 CM Ivan Rakitić
— 89->90 CAM Christian Eriksen
— 84->86 ST Olivier Giroud
— 76->81 CM Aaron Mooy
Friday, June 22
— 74->80 RM Ahmed Musa
— 82->84 RM Xherdan Shaqiri
— 83->85 RW Douglas Costa
Saturday, June 23
— 90->91 CM Toni Kroos
— 90->91 CF Eden Hazard
— 81->84 ST Javier Hernandez
Sunday, June 24
— 80->83 CAM Jesse Lingard
— 78->82 LM Takashi Inui
— 82->84 RM Juan Cuadrado
Monday, June 25
— 89->90 ST Edinson Cavani
— 70->78 RM Salem Al Dawsari
— 83->85 RM Ricardo Quaresma
— 75->82->84 GK Alireza Beiranvand
— 83->85 ST Iago Aspas
Tuesday, June 26
— 93-94 RW Lionel Messi
— 80->83 CB Simon Kjær
— 81->84 CB Marcos Rojo
— 79->83 RM André Carrillo
— 78->82 CDM Milan Badelj
Wednesday, June 27
— 76->81 LB Ludwig Augustinsson
— 76->81 RM Joel Campbell
— 71->80 CB Kim Young-Gwon
— 83->85 LM Son Heung-Min
— 86->87 CB Thiago Silva
Thursday, June 28
— 81->84 CM Marouane Fellaini
— 77->82 CB Yerry Mina
— 78->82 CAM Wahbi Khazri
— 68->77 CB Jan Bednarek
Saturday, June 30
— 89->90->92 ST Edinson Cavani
— 85->87 ST Kylian Mbappé
— 85->87 LW Angel Di María
— 78->84 RB Benjamin Pavard
— 78->84 LM Diego Laxalt
Sunday, July 1
— 86->87->89 LW Isco
— 86->87->89 CM Ivan Rakitić
— 83->86 GK Kasper Schemeichel
— 83->86 GK Danijel Subašić
— 80->85 GK Igor Akinfeev
Monday, July 2
— 93->94 LW Neymar
— 85->87 RW Willian
— 79->84 LM Nacer Chadli
— 78->82->86 LM Takashi Inui
Tuesday, July 3
— 83->86 CAM Emil Forsberg
— 81->84->87 CB Andreas Granqvist
— 77->82->86 CB Yerry Mina
— 81->85 RWB Kieran Trippier
Friday, July 6
— 89->91 CF Antoine Griezmann
— 90->91->93 CF Eden Hazard
— 91->92 CM Kevin de Bruyne
— 87->89 LB Marcelo
— 85->87 CB Raphael Varane
Saturday, July 7
— 89->90->91 CM Luka Modrić
— 79->82 CB Harry Maguire
— 79->82 GK Jordan Pickford
— 81->84 CM Alan Dzagoev
Tuesday, July 10
— 90->91->93->94 CF Eden Hazard
— 85->87 CB Samuel Umtiti
— 85->87->89 CB Raphael Varane
— 85->87->89 ST Kylian Mbappé

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