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Croatia defeat host nation Russian Federation on penalties to reach semi-final

08 July 2018, 05:12 | Myron Mathis

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In a related incident, Federation Internationale de Football Association also issued a warning to Croatia goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, who lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt commemorating a teammate who had died from game-related injuries in 2008. If they beat Russia, Sweden or England lie in wait.

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

After Dalić's team soared through the group stage of the World Cup and managed to defeat Denmark in a nerve-racking round of 16 match, Croatia has become a favorite for bookies.

"Russia has surpassed all expectations, but against Croatia, they will have to play much better than against Spain if they want a chance for the semi-finals". They have fallen in love with us.

"We said we can only prove our worth by working hard - I believe not only did people start to trust us, but the entire country of Russian Federation is in love with us, they know what the national team is worth".

Andrej Kramarić's goal against World Cup hosts, Russia.


But with five minutes to go before the end of extra time Mario Fernandes scored to force penalties.

The reaction to Vida's goal was nearly one of shock as it crept through the legs of teammate Vedran Corluka and into the bottom corner, with the home crowd left temporarily silent and in disbelief as the goalscorer reeled away and ripped off his shirt in celebration. Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

From jubilation to sorrow, Fernandes then turned villain after missing the target from the spot, with Fyodor Smolov also kept out in the shootout that was won 4-3 by Croatia. Russian Federation has so far played against only one extremely attacking team like Croatia and lost 3:0 to Uruguay.

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.

Rakitic stepped up to score the winning kick and earn his country a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1998.



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