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Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

08 July 2018, 02:13 | Myron Mathis

Grigory Dukor Reuters

Grigory Dukor  Reuters

The nearly 45,000-seat capacity Fisht Stadium, which also served as the opening and the closing venue of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, saw a full-house attendance on Saturday night registering the figure of 44,287.

Croatia then went ahead with a soft header in the eleventh minute of extra time but Brazilian-born Fernandes headed the hosts level with five minutes of play remaining to send the game to penalties.

The following time in the first half saw the referee booking two Croatian players. Vida makes it 2-1 in the 100th minute.

The regulation time ended 2-2 before Croatia sealed their qualification to the last four of the tournament winning on penalties.

Fernandes scored off Alan Dzagoev's free kick in the 115th minute, making the home crowd go insane and restoring faith at the time, when it appeared a semifinal berth was slipping away.


Russian Federation came back into the game five minutes before the end of the extra time as Mario Fernandes scored to force the match into penalties.

Croatia won 4-3 on penalties, knocking the host nation out of the tournament after both Fyodor Smolov and Mário Fernandes miss the net.

A total of 32 national football teams entered the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but narrowed down to 16 as they proceeded to the knockout phase after the group stage, held between June 14 and 28. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

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.



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