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MOSCOW - Croatia showed magnificent resilience to come from behind and beat England 2-1 on Wednesday as Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal sent them into their first World Cup final and sparked celebrations across the Balkan nation. England had looked on course for their first final since 1966 as they led through Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free kick and totally dominated the opening half. But Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, leveled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side.
MOSCOW — England finally shook off their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday, July 3, after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalized in the 93rd minute. England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three out of four in the European Championship and looked on course for another nightmare when midfielder Jordan Henderson saw his spot-kick saved by David Ospina.
RIO DE JANEIRO—While the people who run athletics are dreading the day Usain Bolt leaves their stage, Canadian Andre de Grasse must be licking his lips at the prospect after emerging as the man most likely to fill the void. De Grasse chased Bolt home for silver in Thursday's 200 metres final, having taken a bronze in the 100m last weekend.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Caster Semenya qualified for the Olympic women's 800metres semi-finals with supreme ease on Wednesday and was immediately plunged into a new gender controversy after a race rival questioned whether it was fair for her to compete. South African Semenya will be hot favourite for Saturday's final but Frenchwoman Justine Fedronic, who failed to advance from the heats, said although she had sympathy for her rival's situation, her high testosterone levels meant it was not a fair fight.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Briton Mo Farah survived another stumble to get through to the final of the 5,000 metres on Wednesday and remain on course for the prized Olympic distance double-double. Farah recovered from a fall to win the 10,000 gold four days ago and almost went down again in the last lap of his heat on Wednesday after being clipped by American Hassan Mead, who did fall to miss out on qualification.
RIO DE JANEIRO—When you have become the world and Olympic champion in triple jump, arguably the most technically challenging of all athletics events, it seems a radical move to change your take-off leg, but for American Christian Taylor the switch is paying dividends. Taylor won the world tile in South Korea in 2011, added the indoor world title in 2012 and completed a dream year when he triumphed at the London Olympics.