Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Hosts Russia and Croatia were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes in Saturday's last World Cup quarter-final at Sochi's Fisht Stadium and the teams will now play extra time.

His hand was forced when Sime Vrsaljko went down with a knee injury early in extra time and Dalic was forced to use his final substitution to replace the defender.

Croatia players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout.

Subasic had been the hero in Croatia's round of 16 win over Denmark where he equalled the World Cup record for most saves in a shootout, with three. "It will be an interesting game and we will fight to make the final". A battle for the semis.

"It's a pride for all Croats to have a player like Luka, but I do not like to see him in Madrid", he said.

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

"I think that yesterday or the day before was 20 years since that (Germany) game - history is repeating itself, it doesn't have to be 3-0, 1-0 would suffice", he said of the July 4 clash in Lyon. Croatia are in the semis. "This is a great success and a great result".

"We have power left for England. This is why we bought tickets for this match", the 34-year-old said.

The second half gave us very little but Ivan Perisic looked certain to score when he shot from inside the area, the ball hit the inside of the post but somehow didn't go in.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big". Croatia are also just the second team to advance through two back-to-back World Cup knockout games after trailing. They were better. They are young and alive.

"From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading", the coach added.

Few matches at the 2018 World Cup had as much drama or back-and-forth action than Saturday's quarterfinal between Croatia and Russian Federation. Denis Cheryshev, who has emerged as one of Russia's key players since coming in for the injured Alan Dzagoev in the tournament opener, controlled a loose ball before curling a handsome shot into the top corner.

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