Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

However, it was Russia's Denis Cheryshev to cannon a clear shot in one of the counter attacks into the upper corner of the Croatian net to open the score on the 31st minute of the game.

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, celebrates after he scores the penalty shootout during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Speaking on RTÉ Television, Hamann said: "They'll be going into the semi-final full of confidence".

Into extra time for the second consecutive match, Croatia looked exhausted with Mandzukic and Subasic limping, yet Sime Vrsaljko had to come off injured to use up their fourth substitution.

They will now play England after the Three Lions won against Sweden earlier this afternoon.

Russian Federation has been basking in the spotlight this World Cup, playing to the roaring crowds at home and winning games. The game ended 2-2 after extra time.

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But Fernandes, the man whose goal took it to pens, put the ball wide the very next spot kick.

However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3 and will now face England on Wednesday.

The incident occurred during the Round of 16 meeting last week at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium that saw Croatia advance on penalties against Denmark.

Meanwhile, Croatia beat Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0) and Iceland (2-1) to win Group D with 9 points.

Modric has scored two of Croatia's eight goals en route to the quarter-final, and Rakitic spoke of the 32-year-old's importance in Spanish football.

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