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Russian Federation vs Croatia - Match Preview, Tactics, Prediction, Line Up

11 July 2018, 11:00 | Charlene Valdez

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Igor Akinfeev

Croatia also came through the last round on penalties after drawing with Denmark.

Crotia then went in front with a soft header from substitute Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, the first goal scored in extra time at the tournament.

The second half was more cagey as Croatia tried to probe through Russia's back line, and Kramaric attempted a bicycle kick that was easily gathered by Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

After ending the home side's incredible run, Zlatko Dalic's side will aim to at least go one better than the famous 1998 vintage that finished third in France when they meet England at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday. Croatia began warming up its backup goalkeepers in case Subasic was unable to continue into extra time.

Ivan Rakitic is your man!

After Russia's blistering start, Modric-led Croatia gradually controlled the ball and the first half saw 65 percent ball possession for Croatia. 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. Finally, the visitors would grab the win with an 82 minute Mario Mandžukić strike, a good win for Croatia in their 250 worldwide match.

100 - Goal! Russia 1, Croatia 2.

Perisic glanced a header just wide of the left post from Vrsaljko's fine cross on the right in the 28th minute and it seemed only a matter of time before the Croatians scored.


Yuri Gazinskiy became Russia's third substitutes, coming in for Dzyuba, but Croatia almost ran into trouble after making two more subs, Josip Pivaric and Mateo Kovacic on for Ivan Strinic and Kramaric.

The tournament in Russian Federation is seen as the last chance for the gifted generation of Modric (32), Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic (32), Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (30) and Inter forward Ivan Perisic (29) to win a major title.

Croatia pressed for a late victor, earning a pair of corners, but the game went to extra-time where after four minutes, right-back Sime Vrsaljko picked up an injury and Vedran Corluka became Croatia's fourth sub.

After earning a corner himself, centre-back Vida got on the end of Modric's cross to head it down and somehow through two Russian defenders and Corluka into the corner.

Subasic saved the first attempt of the shootout when he made an adjustment while diving to get a hand on Fyodor Smolov's attempt.

Mario Fernandes's heroics were ultimately for naught, but at the time they lifted the World Cup host nation from the brink of elimination.

The former Leicester City striker's looping cross eventually found its way to Ivan Perišić, who struck the post - with Igor Akinfeev well beaten, as the game eventually went to extra-time.



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