Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Russian Federation ruined in dramatic Cup shootout

Russian Federation ruined in dramatic Cup shootout

Defender Mario Fernandes, who had brought his side level through a header in the 115th minute, missed what proved to be the decisive spot-kick, with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic making no mistake to send his team into the semi-finals.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Dalic said: "We can not choose our opponents, hosts or otherwise".

"I left everything on the field and unfortunately we were unlucky", Russian Federation midfielder Roman Zobnin said.

The two sides couldn't be split after 120 minutes as the match ended in a 2-2 draw and it was Croatia who held its nerve best.

With the crowd silenced following an extra-time header from Croatia defender Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored with his own header in the 115th to send the match to the penalty shootout.

Every match at this World Cup is like that.

In the other quarter-final match, England defeated Sweden 2-0 to secure their place in the semi-finals where they will be facing Croatia.

They had also needed spot kicks to get past a dogged Denmark in the last 16, but Modric insisted they would not be exhausted for the last-four clash against England.

He's ready to face the music now and says "it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

Back in England, the national team - vilified after the debacle at Euro 2016 - is once more a source of pride.

On the back foot for much of the first 45 minutes, the second panned out as expected, with Croatia controlling possession, just like Spain did against Russian Federation before their penalty shoot-out exit.

"We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic.

"I thought it was a great performance, obviously with so much pressure - the world watching on, England watching on", he added. "Now is the time and hopefully we can achieve a similar result", Perisic said.

England captain Harry Kane takes hold of a rubber chicken during a game in training. "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless". Let's push the boundaries, let's create our own history and they are continuing to do that all of the time.

The praise heaped on the Russian authorities by fans and media alike has been music to the ears of both Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin, with most of the negative stereotypes about the country pushed aside amid a carnival atmosphere inside and outside stadiums.

"I believe that the keyword is how we leave - it's better to leave when you feel pride", Cherchesov told reporters.

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