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Croatia Rewrite History and Reach Semi-Final

08 July 2018, 09:26 | Charlene Valdez

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In the ensuing penalty shootout, both Danijel Subasic and Igor Akinfeev made one save each and Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty that took Croatia to just their second semi-final in its independent history.

And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia - whose President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was watching from the stands in her country's colours - can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round.

Croatia hit back just eight minutes later through Andrej Kramaric before Domagoj Vida's scrappy header 10 minutes into extra time looked to have won the tie.

In contrast for Russian Federation, who had taken the lead through another Denis Cheryshev wonder goal in the first half, there is only heartbreak as they finally go out.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter Sweden & England battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

"We have shown in this World Cup that we have the right to hope for big things". What has happened, happened.

"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final", said Pickford.

Cherchesov added: 'My players were very courageous, tonight luck was against us, but in four years from now, let's talk again'. "He said we should have our eyes open and make the next steps". They have impressed many and their midfield in particular is very strong.


But against Croatia their unbelievable run ended at the quarter-final stage despite taking the lead after 30 minutes. Cheryshev still had plenty to do when he collected the ball on the left and after playing a neat one-two with Artem Dzyuba, the winger curled a shot into the top-left corner of the net from 22 yards out. Mario Mandzukic ran unchallenged into the penalty area and chipped a low ball back into the centre where unmarked Kramaric scored with a glancing header.

Croatia will face England on Wednesday, July 11th.

Fyodor Smolov saw Russia's first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts' fate was sealed when Fernandes, turning from hero to villain, fired completely wide from their third attempt.

Croatia did finally go ahead when Vida met a corner with a weak downward header which found its way through two sets of legs and rolled into the net.

'At certain moments we lacked power, but we have played two matches of 120 minutes of football in six days, and of course this will leave a mark on you and you have to pay the toll for such exertions.

The victory overwhelmed Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, who cried after Rakitic's winning penalty.

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