Russian Federation v Croatia quarter-final

Axel Schmidt

Axel Schmidt

Croatia are through to the semi-final of the World Cup after beating Russia/Croatia following a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

However, it was Russia's Denis Cheryshev to cannon a clear shot in one of the counter attacks into the upper corner of the Croatian net to open the score on the 31st minute of the game.

The winners will play England in the semi-finals at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

Zlatko Dalic's men needed a penalty shootout victory of their own against Denmark in the last round after Luka Modric missed a spot kick in normal time.

Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance.

Meanwhile, Croatia beat Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0) and Iceland (2-1) to win Group D with 9 points.




This is the first time in 16 years that two teams took a quarterfinal to extra time, after having played extra time in the round of 16 as well.

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

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

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute. Mario Fernandes' goal in the 115th minute is the latest by a Russian in a World Cup game, eclipsing Igor Belanov, who scored in the 111th minute of the 4-3 defeat against Belgium in the 1986 final.

Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

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