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presidential race. >> so, the answer is yes, i intend -- >> hillary clinton made her senate campaign official, facing off with new york mayor rudy giuliani. at 4:00 a.m. on the east coast we're following the breaking news out of thailand, the rescue effort under way to extract 12 boys and the their coach from a cave system trapped there now for two weeks. i'm george howell at cnn headquarters here in atlanta. a local governor calls this "d" day, a high risk operation that kicked off just a few hours ago, and right now thai and international divers are racing against the clock. they're trying to beat the weather there with more rain clouds moving in and the dropping oxygen level in those
caves also giving reason to take this move right now. the mission could take days before everyone is out of the cave. an entire nation is ready for that team to come home. let's get the very latest live from northern thailand. david mckenzie is near the scene. david, you've been following this for some time. we've been watching the clouds behind you and that's pushing these teams to take advantage of this window now before heavy rains set in. >> reporter: that's right, george. deep inside that mountain where you see those heavy clouds is that cave system where the boys have been held up. now it is the moment that everyone appears to be dreading, hoping for, and certainly praying for when it comes to the families that wanted to see their young boys and that coach out safely. and the latest, george, from a thai navy source who says that the first people who will get to those boys to start taking them
out will be the two british cave specialists and thai divers with them. they will go from the chamber three, the sort of command post within that cave system. they've managed to take a lot of the water thuft section of the cave, but there are still areas that are dangerously flooded. the boys will unfortunately have to dive with those full face masks through that dangerous, dangerous territory, sometimes squeezing through without any visibility. this is an incredible rescue, "d" day as the governor called it. i want to show this poignant photo posted on social media by the thai navy, the thai seal teams. they say we, thai navy seals, are ready to bring the south korea team hom-- soccer team ho. it's an incredible effort from around the globe hoping, praying
to get these boys out. george. >> and we can't forget the fact that a former thai navy seal died, lost his life in an ef court, of course, to be part of this process, to get these boys and the coach thought of cave. that certainly underscores the difficulty and danger involved in the operation that is under way now. >> reporter: well that's right. the 38-year-old former thai navy seal gave his life to this rescue effort. it really underlined the danger of getting these boys out. but as you can see, george, the clouds behind me, it's been range on and off for a few hours and it will get only worse as say the local authorities here. they say if they have to wait to make this difficult decision, then they might have to start all over again because sections of that cave could flood and then you might be in the monsoon and that window could close. several times a number of the
specialists teams have said it's those british divers that originally found the boys against all odds, frankly, are the most experienced in these cave extractions, this cave diving that is very different from any other kind of rescue dives. but there are u.s. soldiers here, there are australians, british, and chinese military specialists alongside the thai counterparts trying to get this done. now, the road behind me is most like lib t likely the route where the ambulance will come when the boys are taken out depending on their physical state they will rush them down that road to a nearby hospital where they are already getting ready to welcome them. it could still take several hours before we know if the first boy, and they will take them in stages because of the nature of the extraction, makes it out and how he's doing. >> and of course, david, as we keep pointing out, the weather
certainly important. our dask verek van dam will be a moment. i want to get a little context on this. let's bring in bill white house. he has rescuers on the ground there and joining us now, let's start by what your crews telling you about the challenges of pulling such an extensive rescue operation off. the weather, the caves they'll have to traverse, and the sec nick cal -- technical challenges of the dives that they'll face. >> what's started out is an extremely difficult and dangerous operation not only for the boys of course but for the divers under taking it as well. we know that from the tragedy the other day with the thai navy seal who died in operations going in there. obviously there's -- it's a long
stretch of passage over a couple of kilometers where many areas are completely flood but with some areas above water. now we have no detail knowledge of the dive plan, but clearly we've been thinking about it and talking with the people over there so we know a broad range of options as to what -- how things might be done. but we don't know exactly how it is being done. clearly there are -- there are 13 to get out, and they're not owl coming out at the same time, they're going to have to be staged out. when you think of the logistics to the numbers of people and the space simply to get people through under the water, it's very, very probably going to take a number of days. >> okay. that's -- >> they've got -- you know, obviously it's complete
darkness. poor visibility in the water because of the suspended sediment in the water. constriction constrictions. andtor tur ru and torture russ nature of the passages. it's not like a simple tunnel in a minor something like that, it changes shape almost continuously. >> i want to get a sense from you, because we're looking at video as you're explaining all of this, we're looking at exactly what you're talking about. we see what it's like for these crews to be in that cave. we see the wet and rugged terrain, we see the water that they'll have to dive into. no visibility in that water. look, two questions for you. this is a danger to the rescuers, right? it's certainly putting their lives on the line do this and certainly a danger for these young children, some of whom
cannot swim, keeping in mind that they have not been able to really eat a decent meal in several days now. talk to us about the risks and the dangers. >> i mean, well, you've got -- first off, you've got a team there that's been collected together probably amongst best cave divers in the world. sth they're used to dealing in these circumstances so personally they are taking risk, because all cave diving sis a risk. it anything happens while you're in the flooded passage, you can only reach the free surface by returning back down that passage where in open diving you can drop your weight belt and surface. yes, they've got all those dangers, but they are used to dealing with those. the boys, it's a tricky ask of the boys for them to go through
this, but there now appears to be little choice. >> bill, i have another question i want to get to you. >> yeah. >> we have a minute or two more, but i want to get a sense from the water that i see there. there's so much water in these caves and these crews have been able to pump out as substantial amount of water. how important will that be when it comes to pulling these children out the fact that the water levels have dropped? and getting them out before the rains come in? >> yeah, i mean, i've no detailed information about the water levels in there at the moment. but certainly the pumping operation that's been taking place has lowered levels certainly in parts of the system. in the entrance, you know, in the entrance part of the cave it's certainly made things easier and apparently it's possible to walk some of the distance that previously had to have divide.
how much effect that's had further in the system i'm unsure about. frankly they had the hydrology is very complicated spot what drains out of one part of the cave might not necessarily have a direct affect on another part. i can't -- i have no information to comment on that. but it can only help getting water out. if it does nothing else, it might mean the current in the water is lessened, which would be a help. >> right. >> so, you know, it can only be a good thing. they've still got to come through a number of dives, you know, two, 300 meter dives without a free airer surface. a number of risks. i have no idea which way they're doing and they were teaching
boys to dive with equipment and getting them to swim out under guidance. but in those conditions what guidance could be given? >> that's the biggest question, quite honestly. it's really going to be a matter of just kind of going with the moment, i would imagine, bill. >> yeah. i think more likely what they're doing is towards the other end of the scale, which is somehow immobilizing the boys with breathing apparatus on and at the extreme is being talk of the possibility of tranquil lizing them a them, pushing and pulling them out in a state where they can't -- they're not in a position to panic and thrush around and maybe dislodge their own breathing apparatus. >> that's the biggest concern, bill. we're going to have to see how
this plays out, as you point out could be a matter of days to watch this operation play out. thank you so much for your time today and we'll keep in touch with you? >> you're welcome. >> let's talk about the weather, monsoon rain. our meteorologist derek van dam is tracking it out. and they've had a wind dove time where the rain wasn't as big a factor. that window running out now. >> i'm starting to see some ominous satellite signatures across the northern louse and thailand region. zooming into the area you can see some of the scatters shower and thunderstorms area that's picking up in intensity filling in on the northern parts of thailand. not what we want to see that. opportunity for water to recede further within the cave is starting to narrow even more in the is the rainfall going forward. we have anywhere between 50 to 75 millimeters of rain over the next five days. not a significant amount of rain, but enough to cause more water level rises within that area. so they need to keep those pumps going and time is of the
essence. you can see the rainfall totals going forward, anywhere for our domestic viewers this is a quarter to half an inch of rain each day. some of those storms can set up for an area for a duration of time leading to more localized flooding and higher totals than are represented with that computer output. you can see the thunderstorms going forward for the rest of the day. we're work into the late afternoon and evening hours on sunday, local thailand time, but look at monday and tuesday, chances of rain nearing 100%. we're afraid that the monsoon is setting in and once it's here, george, it really is here to stay. so stime of ttime is of the ess just hope they can get them out before the water levels rise. >> everyone watching this story, the whole world are paying close attention here and just hoping for the very best in this operation. stand by, derek. we'll stay in touch with you. you're watching breaking news coverage here on cnn. we'll continue to bring you the
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south kor . welcome back to cnn "newsroom." i'm george howell. they attended the same meetings in pyongyang to nail down details on the issue of denuclearization, but the difference in how the u.s. and north korea see these talking points, they are striking. the u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo calls the talks productive saying progress was made. compare that to what we're hearing from north korea, slamming what it called the united states gangster like mindset, it used words like regrettable and worrisome. speaking to reporters a few hours ago in tokyo, pompeo pushed back. >> i am counting on chairman kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made. and so if those requests were gangster-like, the world say gangster because there was a unanimous decision at the u.n.
security council about what needs to be achieved. >> our andrew stevens has been trying to keep one these two very different stories. live this hour from seoul, south korea. pompeo making it clear also, sanctions on north korea will remain until denuclearization is complete. >> reporter: and that pretty much goes to the nobody of what the north koreans seem to be angry about, george. fact that the north koreans believe that there should be simultaneous step by step concessions as they go forward in this whole denuclearization process and the north koreans would like to see one of those steps include easing of sanctions as they go towards but before they attain that fuel denuclearization. and mike pompeo very clearly ruling that out saying, as we heard there, it is a u.n. security council resolution that there has to be full, verifiable
denuclearization before the sanctions are lifted. maximum pressure will be maintained. mike pompeo also said, george, he was at that meeting. and at that meeting the north koreans very clearly recommitted to full denuclearization on the peninsula. now, what we heard from north korea following the meetings was, you know, it was obviously angry, they were threatening that -- their willingness to engage in these talks at all could fat, he alter, but they'r outdated modes, et cetera, et cetera, but they said they've made a clear mitt meant, i was at that meeting, we are going ahead, those talks were productive, pompeo said. and he said there's a movement on getting the remains of u.s. servicemen back to the u.s. there will be a meeting at the dmz between the north and u.s. on that. and also there are -- there's
talk about how they're is going to dismantle, destroy a nuclear -- sorry, not a nuclear, a missile engine testing facility. he's saying, yes, there is some movement and they're moving ahead if the is, george, going to be a very, very slow process. some people say this is a north korean negotiating tactic to keep u.s. sort of on edge and maybe try and seek some concession, although the two principals in all of this, donald trump and kim jong-un exchanged letters. the north korean said that kim's letter included a line that he still respect and trusted donald trump. so there is that level of senior level where there does seem to be still this willingness to push forward. >> all right. thank you so much. live for us in seoul, south korea. let's put this in context now with gina. a senior lecturer in the department of government at the university of es sex, joining
from es sex, evenisex. on june 13th, many people remember president trump declaring there is no long air nuclear threat from north korea. those are the president's words. compare that statement to the pushback we're hearing from north korea after the meeting saying the u.s. is mistake tone think the demands of their robber mentality are acceptable to our patience. doesn't seem like north korea quite on board. >> no, it doesn't. think what we're looktiing at he is the product of a couple of leaders who like to have big shows. normally when the leaders two of countries announce that a decision has been made or an agreement has been reached, they do it after months of negotiations between their top diplomats. in this case, the announcement was made, but no negotiations had actually taken place.
so now those negotiations are under way and they're difficult and they take a long time. the announcement was premature. there was simply no actual agreement on methods, on timing, on exactly what would take place. and now we're watching those details get hammers out and it's frese straighting. >> those details, reminds me of an old statement in texas, all hat and no cattle. the details seem to be a sticking point right now that weren't really worked out before. i want to pivot to the other drama here in the united states, the government's inability to meet deadlines to reunite families that it separated at the u.s. border. tuesday marks another deadline, this to reunite migrant parents with kids under the age of 5. and we still don't have any specific numbers of how many famili families we're actually talking about. do you see efforts to meet these deadlines? will we see more of the same?
will there be more transparency? >> i don't know. the short answer is, no, i don't think they're going meet their deadlines and i don't think there's going to be a lot more transparency. again, we can go to our theex details here. there was an executive order issues without any details of how to follow through. and this was the order of zero tolerance of families coming in at the border. two agencies were tasked with dealing with these families and we all know that complete chaos ensued. and it resulted in the separation of what estimates appear to be right now at least 3,000 children that are still separated from their parents. the fact is that given the fact that we don't want to hand children over to liars or to criminals or to child traffickers, there has to be a lot of vetting that takes place before children are returned to their parents.
and there's no way that that can be accomplished by tuesday's deadline or even the small number that are under the age of 5, or by the deadline of the 26th for the larger number. we're talking about thousands of kids and more parents than children. and they're all over the country. >> all right. want to talk about what will be a major success for the u.s. president, picking the next member of the u.s. supreme court, the u.s. vice president had meetings with three of the strongest contenders, but the common denominator among all of these contenders is they are all very conservative. given what we know about them, gina, where does this put issues like abortion, lgbt rights and others? >> this puts a lot of these issues in jeopardy. it's very interesting because the abortion issue is something that really mobilizes the conservative ideological base. doing away with roe v. wade
would do away with that conservative base. so it's a dicey issue for republicans who can use that issue to -- as leverage and as something to fight against and as something to be opponents to. however, that doesn't mean that a single judge on the court won't want to do away with roe v. wade. i think if we're looking at some of the people that have been floated as potential nominees, a couple of them would definitely want to do with that. and that's just the sort of idea that donald trump likes, because those would be very big splashes in a supreme court nominee and he likes to make big splashes. >> gina, thank you so much for your time and perspective. >> thank you, george. we're following the breaking news out of thailand. i want to show you a live image
of the scene there. here's the thing, weather is important. and like right there, it's starting to rain heavily there near where this rescue operation is taking place. again, that rescue under way and it could take days. cnn is live covering the story. we'll have the latest after the break. stand by. eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like any of these types of plans, they could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call unitedhealthcare insurance company today to request a free... ...[decision guide.] with these types of plans... you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. join the millions who have already enrolled
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until they can be extracted on stretchers. cnn has witnessed beds being prepared at a local hospital. that's one image of what we've seen so far. cnn's david mckenzie is live in northern thailand. david, it's all about the weather right now as crew dos their be -- crews do their best to get these children and this coach out. but from what we see, the rain's coming down strong. not good news. >> reporter: not good news. you can see the squall, possibly the monsoon moving through the mountains behind me. couldn't seechb see those mountains. it's significant, george, because that's where this cave system is, in those hills. it's a catchment area of this district. and what will happen is if the rains are sustained, it's not at that point yet, the water will flood back into that cave system faster than they can pump the water out. that adds another layer of
urgency to this desperate, dramatic rescue attempt of these 12 boys and their coach. as we speak, several hours have gone since they pulled the trigger on this rescue attempt. british divers, according to our source, are in there right at this hour trying to pull the young boys out. we will know in the coming hours if they are successful in this brave and once ever rescue attempt. it's never really been done before like this, so many people coming out, such a confined space in such difficult circumstances. george. >> david, have you heard anything more from your sources on the ground about where they are in the rescue? i know that they may not be sharing many details, they're focused obviously on the mission at hand. but any new information from the sources that you're in touch with? >> well, george, what i can describe is how it's going to work. we don't know exactly where in
the process they are. the two divers from britain, according to our source and thai navy specialists will be the first ones in. they will then bring the boys up one by one. on the outer sections from the cave from chamber three back, that area is now largely dry or at least you can wade through or walk through. they will then if successful, take the boys off those very narrow passages and hand them to a second team who will stretcher them out into ambulances and, in fact, we expect them to come past us on this road in a few hours to the regional hospital. so that's how they hope do it. we don't know when that will happen, and that is if it all goes smoothly, george. >> david live there near the scene. thank you for the reporting and of course we'll keep in touch with you throughout the day. as divers work to reach these children and their coach, their families are waiting. and they're worrying.
as you would imagine, it's an excruciating time of great uncertainty. the father of the youngest boy in the cave is doing his best to remain patient, to remain hopeful, and for now he's telling us about his son in this exclusive interview. our matt rivers has this for us. >> 15 days avenue first disappeared, his bedroom hasn't changed, bed unmade, typical young kid's room. his father wants it to be like that for when the 11-year-old makes it out of the cave. >> translator: he's been playing football since he was young, and he started it just at able 8 or 9. he wants to be a professional football player. >> reporter: on june 23rd he told his mom he was going to football practice. the next time she saw his newly gaunt face was in this very, taken shortly after the team was discovered on july 2nd, nine days after they disappeared. no phone lines could be established, so the parents wrote letters to their kids and
their kids wrote back. the youngest one inside, showed bravery beyond his years. >> translator: he said he is fine there. not to be so worried about him. >> reporter: the rescue operation is now under way and all his parents and the others can do is wait and hope for the best. the children's young lives in the hands of an international team of divers tasked with carrying out a rescue the world is watching. >> translator: i know they work so hard and do their best trying to take the children and coach out. >> reporter: before the operation began, we asked him what he would say to his son still sitting on a small piece of land hundreds of feet below the surface. >> translator: i will tell him that i am worried. i want him to be healthy, to get another strength to dive out safely. >> reporter: now he has that chance. in his letter to his parents, he wrote that he'd like his ung to take him for fried chicken as soon as he gets out. his dad looking at his son's picture told us, no problem,
whatever he wants, just make it out okay. matt rivers, cnn, thailand. >> thank you. in japan, rescue workers are having trouble reaching people trapped by sweeping flood water. here's the scene. we'll bring you the latest on the skpreem weath the extreme weather. plus, protests in haiti. guests trying to set fire to a hotel, more than 5,000 u.s. citizens inside. stay with us. ahh... summer is coming.
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in southwest japan, record rainfall is devastating entire communities there. floodwaters have swamped roads, they have triggered landslides and destroyed hundreds of homes. we understand at least 57 people have died so far, many more, though, are still missing or are injured. forecasts show that more heavy
rain is on the way. the government there urging millions of people to evacuate, to get out of the way before more extreme weather conditions move in. let's get the latest live in japan. we are following that story from our tokyo bureau. are people heeding the government's warning? are they moving to safer ground in advance of this weather? >> reporter: thousands of people are already in evacuation shelters and they're being urged to evacuate for this what the government calls abnormal situation where we've had torrential rains over the last two or three days and the land has already been weakened. so even though some of the extreme weather conditions seem to be easing up, the government and the weather agency says you have to remain vildale gent. there -- diligent. there are lots of central japan
up to northern japan subject to mudslides swallowing up communities, that now look like ponds. you have highways that are being closed off completely submerged under water as river banks collapse, dams were overflowing throughout the day and the death toll has been mount ago as a result. many more have been -- are missing and the government is saying that there are certain communities that have been stranded. so we really don't know yet, george, the exact toll. and the exact scope of some of these torrential rainfalls. torrential rains have wrecked on some areas of japan. the government has created an emergency response center earlier on today. that indicates -- this hasn't happened in nearly two years vor this indicates the gravity and t the severity of the situation in
japan. they have mobilized troops to reach some of these areas to use helicopters to try to evacuate people from roofs because they've been urged to seek higher ground. you see pictures of the self-defense forces which is akin to the military here using boats and wading through these muddied waters to try to bring people to dry ground. it's closing in on 6:00 p.m. here in japan. i think as night falls these evacuation efforts are going to be complicated even further. so as i say, in some areas they got two to three times more rain than they would in an average month in just a period of 24 to 48 hours. so that's the amount of rainfall that you're looking at here. and this kind of thing happened exactly a year ago and dozens of people died. but what's different this time is the fact that it's affecting a much larger area of japan from the southwestern island of kyushu all the way up towards the mountainous areas toward
central japan. and even popular tourist areas, hiroshima as well has been heavily affected by these rains. so you're talking about a very, very large area that has been impacted. and on top of that, as the human toll mounts, we're hearing impact on industry as well. you have dig industrial giants that are head quartered in the west that are forced to halt their factories. so this continues to mount in japan, george. >> thank you. the catastrophic rain in japan, this is not over. our meteorologist derek van dam back on deck to tell us about that. derek. >> hate highly populated prefectures have been impacted as she was mentioning just a moment ago. kyoto, hir roche shima to name a few. it's interesting some some of the research that i've done, 54,000 personnel have been
mobilized to help and aid in search and rescue efforts for the places that have been ek pacted by the flooding the this is the latest satellite imagery. you can see it's concentrated across the central and southwestern sections of mainland ma januar mainland japan. we saw 1,200 millimeters of rain, we're talk 15 to 20 inches of rainfall for this region. an incredible amount of rain in a short period of time. you can only imagine what it's going to some of the public transport across the area. look at this particular train system just comes to a screeching halt in advance of a landslide that took out the railway across that region. this is a very mountainous part of the world so water is rush down the sides of the mountains, that will pick up debris, and it will create landslides,
mudslides and taking out some of the roadways with it as well make something ville ages and towns inaccessible for weeks. our computer models are showing a general weakening trend in the cloud cover and the heaviest of rain. we still have precipitation in the forecast for this area, but it's nothing like what we've experienced over the past let's say five to seven days. this is rainfall totals in kochi, 14 additional millimeters of rain, roughly a quarter to half an inch of rainfall. within of the next three days, to put it in perspective, we've seen rainfall totals well in excess of 500 millimeters. but just because the rains are letting up doesn't mean the threat has gone away. remember, water is going to eventually have to make its way down to the valleys below. if there's mountains of course the potential for flooding and landslides will still exist.
on top of that, we're monitoring another super typhoon that's developed over the western pacific. this system is going to be coming nare roi rowly close to the southern islands just south of mainland japan within the next two to three days. something we need to monitor. all sides pointing this will stay away from japan and spare it its heaviest rainfall. but with these systems being so unpredictable at times we'll need to month it. >> a busy man today, derek. we'll stay in touch with you. i want to share with our viewers a dramatic rescue that took place off the rough seas of the thailand's island. video shows the moment of survivors of a capsized tourist boat. they were rude from another boat on thursday. a storm whipped up strong winds and high waves and temperature caused the ves toll tsel to tip and dozens of others are still missing. wildfires spreading across
the parts of western united states. one person was killed in a fire near california's border with oregon. the fires have consumed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. our sara sidner has more now from santa barbara county where officials have declared a state of emergency. >> reporter: this is just one example of the absolute power of the fire and winds that have come through parts of california. this is in galena, tight knit community here. if you look at the devastation it's caused to some of the houses here, this one obviously a total loss. there are at least 20 structures that fire authorities say have been affected by this fire, some of them destroyed like this one. i want to give you some sense of just how hot it was here when this fire was raging. look down there are was obviously a truck. look down here. this is like that i little step that gets you up to the truck.
it's basically melted down, that metal there. that's how hot this fire got here. they called it the hollywood fire. there are several other homes just along this road that didn't make it. and this, of course, not the only fire that's been burning. at one point there were 13 fires burning all at ones. some of them small, but this one extremely destructive and this place has a bit of ptsd, if you will, the residents here, because there was one of the largest fires in california history that burned here just back in december, the thomas fire taking dozens of homes in santa barbara county. sara sidner, cnn, california. >> thank you. after violent protest that took place in haiti, the prime minister is suspending a hike in fuel prices. demonstrators reportedly tried to set fire to a hotel in porta prince. more than 100 u.s. citizens were
inside. no injuries have been reported, though. at least three u.s. airlines have canceled flights because of the violence there. in february, haiti agreed with the international monetary fund to end fuel subsidies as part of austerity measures. a u.s. service member was killed saturday in gans. -- afghanistan. it is being called an insider attack likely carried out by a member of the afghan security force fts happened in an army base in the southern part of that nation. two orng u.s. service members were also wounded. this is the third u.s. combat fatality in afghanistan to take place this year. and then there were four world cup semifinals, they are set. next, how england and croatia secured their place in the next round.
world cup semifinals. croatia defeat the host russia in penalties. it's the second time in ever croatia joins the final four at the world cup. also, here's a look at celebrations in england. you can tell people are really excited there. england set to face croatia on wednesday. now this is the first time england has made it to the semifinals since 1990 after defeating sweden 2-0. it's making fans dream that well, maybe, cot world cup be won by england? well, that's what people are hoping there. it was a thrilling day with the last two games of the quarterfinals. vince tells us how england and croatia secured their chance to fight for the world cup. >> the world cup semi finals are set with england and croatia booking their spot on saturday. for croatia, they had to get
through host russia who had been the underdog story of the tournament. and after battling into extra time, it won. croatia took the lead, and vita had a header that screamed by players, the goalie was helpless. it finds the net and what all seemed loss for russia, this happened on a set piece in the 115th minute, mario fernandez off the side of his head into the net, the place goes crazy, it's tied at two. so we go to penalties, and that man again, fernandez of russia, taking the third penalty kick, a crucial miss. yvonne with a chance to win it for croatia and he ends the amazing run of the host, four penalties, second semi ever for croatia. in the other match, 1966 winners england have booked their place in the first semifinal since 1990. england surrendered nothing blanking the swedes and making memories for a new generation of their fans. after a goalless first half
hour, the deadlock broken by maguire. first international goal for him and the three lions fourth goal from a corner at this world cup and eight frth a set piece. and it got better for the english. in the second half, ali with the second tally just shy of the hour. their goalkeeper pickford was a wall as england is a winner 2-0. so here's a look at the draw. first there were 32, now there are four. the 1998 winners trance taking on belgium tuesday in saint petersburg and then england in their third world cup semifinal. they are set to meet croatia on wednesday. more on what's happening in thailand ahead and your news headlines from around the world after the break. you're watching cnn, the world's news leader.
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