Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Croatia end World Cup run of hosts Russian Federation on penalties in quarters

Croatia end World Cup run of hosts Russian Federation on penalties in quarters

The lowest-ranked side entering the competition, the hosts had taken a first-half lead though Denis Cheryshev's blast from distance, only for Croatia to equalise through Andrej Kramaric soon after. "He said we should have our eyes open and make the next steps". Igor Akinfeev was more than once called into action in the opening moments and each time displayed his class that was so apparent versus Spain to keep Ante Rebic's effort out.

Croatia, beaten in just three of their last 22 competitive outings prior to this game, responded well and were back on level terms eight minutes later.

Veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich, Vida and Daler Kuzyaev then all scored to make it 3-3, leaving Ivan Rakitic to calmly convert the winning penalty...

Russian Federation will reshuffle their team for one of the biggest games in the host nation's history, a World Cup quarter-finals showdown with Croatia.

The game went to penalty kicks - where Russia's penalty takers made one too many mistakes from the spot.

Russia's unexpectedly extended home World Cup finals finally came to an end deep into the Sochi night, via the agony of a penalty shoot-out.

'We said we can only prove our worth by working hard - I believe not only did people start to trust us, but the entire country of Russian Federation is in love with us, they know what the national team is worth.

But, once again, against Russia Zlatko Dalic played both Modric and Rakitic in the holding positions as part of a 4-2-3-1 which seriously restricted their creativity. "We gave everything we could".

Rare chances for Stanislav Cherchesov's team saw Dzyuba head tamely at Danijel Subasic from a 62nd-minute corner, before substitute Aleksandr Erokhin sent his header well over the bar from Fernandes' cross on the right 10 minutes later.

SAMARA, Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.

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

"After the game, Putin phoned him again and noted the team's worthy performance at the World Cup, as well as Russia's lovely and determined game in the historic match against Croatia".

"We had to withstand a lot of physical pressure", Southgate said. "We have been a very good host from the point of view of football and sports, organization and administration".

'There was not a single national team playing in this World Cup which had the complete trust of their country.

"I'm not sure anything went wrong as such", he said.

There is a comprehensive argument that Luca Modric has been the best player at the World Cup.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

Until the 88th minute, the script for this match read: Two evenly-matched teams battling for semi-final place.

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