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Croatia end Russia's unexpected run at World Cup

Croatia end Russia's unexpected run at World Cup

Working the ball quickly upfield near the sideline, Croatia got the ball into the box on the feet of Mario Mandzukic, who fed in a cross for Kramaric to head home from eight yards. The victor of that game faces England or Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.

Every quarter-final at the 2018 World Cup had been settled in normal regulation time. until Russian Federation and Croatia met in Sochi.

Goal! Russia 2 (3), Croatia 2 (4).

As it happened, neither got anywhere their target, both stepping down as Russia's manager after they failed to drag an ordinary Russian Federation squad beyond the group stage of first, the 2014 World Cup, where Capello was flying his team home from Brazil after three games, and then Euro 2016 in France, where Slutsky's European championship campaign ended similarly early. Sergie Ignashevich made Russia's next attempt, but Vida made Croatia's next attempt to hold the lead.

After one more time on battle added another 30 minutes that will decide the fate of the battle. "What we achieved, that was so cool", Andrey, a lawyer, said next to a street corner screen that had shown the match.

Russian Federation were happy to let Croatia have the bulk of possession as they looked to repeat the tactic that proved so successful against Spain in the round of 16.

Then they were up against Spain in the round-of-16, which many expected to be a procession for the 2010 winners, but they got through - albeit after a penalty shootout. But slack defending allowed Croatia to level eight minutes later. Croatian players at a unsafe distance close to the gate and tried to score, but the Russian bratati confidently hit the ball.

Croatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida had earlier found the net, advance to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998.

They will be up against a young and powerful England side led by tournament top scorer Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, Modric's previous club in London before moving on to Real. Daler Kuzyaev scored Russia's third penalty, but when Ivan Rakitic coolly slotted home it signaled an agonizing end to Russia's improbable dream.

Croatia have also now played 120 minutes in each of their past two matches, having never been taken to extra-time previously, while England were able to save key players towards the end of their 2-0 win over Sweden having played 120 themselves against Colombia.

Ignashevich started all five of the host nation's games at the World Cup, as Russian Federation generally played a deep defensive line which compensated for his lack of speed.

It might have been the biggest goal in Russian soccer history and it was scored by a player who was born in Brazil and made his first global appearance with the Selacao.

The phrase "goal of the tournament" has been spewed out on a number of occasions, but it is fair to chuck Cheryshev's latest explosive effort in the mix.

Cheryshev collected the ball near the halfway line, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and curled a superb 25-meter shot past the transfixed Subasic.


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