After a goalless first 15 minutes of extra-time, and penalties looking like a big possibility, it was Croatia that ended England's dream of World Cup glory when Mario Mandzukic crept it at the far post to fire home what would ultimately be the victor.
A goal in the second half from Ivan Perisic forced extra time, and Mandzukic's strike destroyed England's dream run short, as a team that surpassed expectations and has a bright future failed to really play well after the break.
Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory over England on Wednesday. "And I don't think after the six or seven weeks we have been together, that we could have given more".
After the game, Luka Modric was interviewed by ITV and he made his feelings about the English media very clear.
Their exit from the World Cup was no less devastating than usual but this time, it just seems different.
England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner.
Big countries like Argentina, Brazil, Germany and England are not in the final but Croatia is.
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"We're gutted. It hurts, it hurts a lot", Kane said after the match at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Manchester United supporters were already gutted to see which ref had been assigned to the England game - back in the 2012-13 season when United played Real Madrid he controversially sent Nani off and didn't award two penalties.
Trippier was scoring his first ever goal for England, and he also rewarded those who had backed him at a high of [75.0] in the First Goalscorer market. The Sun printed an image of a dejected Southgate with his teammates, along with the caption, "They're coming home... Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said.
England were knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia on Wednesday night and that situation is not about to change, unfortunately. When you have spells, you have to make them count.
England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy. In the end England managed only 1 shot on goal and just didn't do enough to book a place in the finals.
"What they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive", he added.