In pictures: The ecstasy, and then agony, of England’s World Cup semi-final match

It all started so well for England, with their noisy fans enjoying the atmosphere ahead of the semi-final against Croatia in Moscow.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>It’s getting hot in here (Tim Goode, PA)</figcaption>
It’s getting hot in here (Tim Goode, PA)

And they were rewarded with a superb goal from defender Kieran Trippier.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>England’s goal-scorer Kieran Trippier is under here – somewhere (Tim Goode, PA)</figcaption>
England’s goal-scorer Kieran Trippier is under here – somewhere (Tim Goode, PA)

At that point, football was certainly coming home, and the fans certainly believed.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>England fans were then loving the World Cup (Adam Davy, PA)</figcaption>
England fans were then loving the World Cup (Adam Davy, PA)

It wasn’t just the fans in the stadium who were dreaming of the World Cup final, it went crazy over in England.

It was all going so well at half-time, with England just 45 minutes away from their first World Cup final since 1966.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>This fan in Hyde Park thinks it’s coming home (Victoria Jones, PA)</figcaption>
This fan in Hyde Park thinks it’s coming home (Victoria Jones, PA)

But then disaster struck for the English, as Croatia equalised, taking the game to extra-time.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring the equaliser (Tim Goode, PA)</figcaption>
Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring the equaliser (Tim Goode, PA)

Fans in England started to get worried.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>A fan reacts to Croatia’s equaliser (David Davies, PA)</figcaption>
A fan reacts to Croatia’s equaliser (David Davies, PA)

And it got worse for them. Croatia scored the winner in extra time.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>We don’t think it’s coming home now (Victoria Jones, PA)</figcaption>
We don’t think it’s coming home now (Victoria Jones, PA)

Mario Mandzukic’s goal left England fans back home in despair.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>A young fan learns what it is like to be an England supporter (Martin Rickett, PA)</figcaption>
A young fan learns what it is like to be an England supporter (Martin Rickett, PA)

And the England players in Moscow were left devastated.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>England’s Marcus Rashford sheds a tear (Adam Davy, PA)</figcaption>
England’s Marcus Rashford sheds a tear (Adam Davy, PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Kyle Walker has his head in his hands (Tim Goode, PA)</figcaption>
Kyle Walker has his head in his hands (Tim Goode, PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Down and out – Jamie Vardy (left) and Dele Alli (right) slump to the floor (Tim Goode, PA)</figcaption>
Down and out – Jamie Vardy (left) and Dele Alli (right) slump to the floor (Tim Goode, PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Eric Dier consoles Dele Alli at full-time (Owen Humphreys, PA)</figcaption>
Eric Dier consoles Dele Alli at full-time (Owen Humphreys, PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Give me a hug – England manager Gareth Southgate thanks Ashley Young (Adam Davy, PA)</figcaption>
Give me a hug – England manager Gareth Southgate thanks Ashley Young (Adam Davy, PA)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jesse Lingard reflect on the defeat (Adam Davy, PA)</figcaption>
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jesse Lingard reflect on the defeat (Adam Davy, PA)

Let’s not forget there was a winner though, and didn’t they enjoy it.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>It’s coming to our home – Croatia’s Domagoj Vida celebrates getting to the World Cup final (Adam Davy, PA)</figcaption>
It’s coming to our home – Croatia’s Domagoj Vida celebrates getting to the World Cup final (Adam Davy, PA)

- Press Association

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