Kick-by-kick look at the shootout between Russian Federation and…

Kick-by-kick look at the shootout between Russian Federation and…

Argentina in 1990 had been the last team to win consecutive World Cup shootouts.

Croatia also progressed to the quarter-finals thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark.

It had no shot to win there, though, not against Spain, the 10th-best team in the world and the tournament champion in 2010. Just before the hour mark Akinfeev was again called into action but this time the man who could do no wrong for Russian Federation hesitated when collecting a cross. In order for a "fairy-tale" ending for Croatia, as described by Luka Modric, to come true this World Cup, it must overcome England, either France or Belgium, and likely hostile crowds as many in Russian Federation would not hesitate to cheer against the team that knocked off their own country.

But that edge wouldn't last long either. Cherchesov will have to do without experienced wing-back Yuri Zhirkov who is unavailable for the game against Croatia. The stands began the wild cries of the fans, who up to that moment looked intensely over the course of the game.

Police maintained a distance as the crowd cheered, drank beer and chanted. "We are really proud of our boys", said Vasilisa Ivanova, 19, who hoisted a beer to Russia's performance outside a bar not far from the Bolshoi Theater.

Smolov put Russian Federation on the back foot straightway in the shootout with an bad Panenka and Fernandes fired their third wide to gift the match to Croatia who prevailed 4-3 thanks to Rakitic's cool finish.

- Denis Cheryshev scored four goals for Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup - only England striker Harry Kane has scored more (six).

Neither team scored in the second half before Croatia took its only lead of the game on Domagoj Vida's one-hop header through a pair of defenders in the 101st minute.

Striker Artem Dzyuba was diligent in his role as lone striker and brilliant hold-up play saw him lay the ball into Cheryshev's path.He took one exquisite touch to get the ball out of his feet and evaded two challenges before unleashing an unstoppable, curling strike into the top corner.

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And that's where the magic ended. Mario Fernandes (Russia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks and Croatia won the shootout 4-3.

"I've very pleased at how the team played the whole World Cup, how it showed its character and worked to the maximum", he said.

"This was my last World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my soccer career", Ignashevich said in a video posted on social media.

Luka Modric admitted Croatia felt shattered after they ended Russia's World Cup hopes in another penalty shootout on Saturday, July 7, to advance to a semifinal against England.

The winners will face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.

"I don't cry often, but now I have good cause", said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.

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