Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Calvin Saunders
July 8, 2018

The game finished 2-2 after extra-time following a late equaliser by Russia's Mario Fernandes.

The Croats won all three games to top Group D ahead of second-placed Argentina and then edged Denmark in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

During the following penalty shootout Croatia was successful to edge Russian Federation 4-3.

Ivan Rakitic has expressed his shock at seeing former Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta left out of Spain's line-up for their final World Cup match, saying the omission "hurt a lot".

Russia's midfielder Aleksandr Erokhin (L) and Croatia's defender Sime Vrsaljko vie for the ball during the World Cup Quarter Final in Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia, July 7, 2018.

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Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow.

Eight minutes (and two yellow cards) later Croatia responded with a 39-minute goal from Andrej Kramarić. Akinfeev made one save during the shootout and almost had another on Luka Modric, but the shot deflected off Akinfeev's hand, off the post and into the net.

The other semi-final will see France play Belgium.

Croatia appeared to have the tie in the bag after Vida's extra-time goal until Fernandes rose to head in a free kick and send both teams to their second penalty shootout of the tournament.

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was issued a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association after his team's World Cup victory over Denmark for revealing a T-shirt with a message honouring a former teammate who died a decade ago from injuries suffered during a match.

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