Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Jul 08, 2018, 02:43
Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

The hosts have surprised everyone at this World Cup and will look to continue that.

The Croats hadn't advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup since 1998, when the country made its first appearance.

Croatia's president asked Medvedev to convey her greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thanked the team on his Facebook account.

In a related incident, Federation Internationale de Football Association also issued a warning to Croatia goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, who lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt commemorating a teammate who had died from game-related injuries in 2008.

Russis scored the first goal of the match in the 31st minutes through Denis Cheryshev who was assisted by Artem Dzyuba to send the home fans into wide jubilation.

But with just five minutes remaining, Russian Federation leveled the score thanks to a headed goal of their own, this time from right-back Mario Fernandes.

It was the second time in the tournament that Croatia needed penalties to win and while Hamann believes that they proved their nerve once again, he questioned their ability to break down England when the two sides met on Wednesday.

Croatia also came through the last round on penalties after drawing with Denmark. "It shows when he isn't playing, as Real Madrid are a different team without Luka".

His hero status, however, lasted all of 20 minutes as he missed a decisive penalty in the shootout, allowing Ivan Rakitic to step up and slot home the victor.

The victory overwhelmed Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, who cried after Rakitic's winning penalty.

"One of the most important tasks for our team is to contain Modric, because he is a leading player in the Croatian team".

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