World Cup Quarter-Final match report Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

World Cup Quarter-Final match report Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

World Cup Quarter-Final match report Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

After ending Russia's impressive run, Zlatko Dalic's side will aim to at least go one better than the famous 1998 vintage, who finished third in France, when they meet England at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

The crowd erupted, but Croatia were undeterred and equalised just eight minutes later.

31 - Goal! Russia 1, Croatia 0.

"At certain moments we lacked power, but we have played two matches of 120 minutes of football in six days, and of course this will leave a mark on you and you have to pay the toll for such exertions".

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Following a long ball forward, Cheryshev gathered and played a one-two with Artem Dzyuba to get around Luka Modric, then stepped up to launch a shot from 25 yards into the top corner, leaving Croatia keeper Subasic stranded. However, Andrej Kramarić equalized the scoreline with a header from Mario Mandžukić's assist in the 39th minute.

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Yuri Gazinskiy became Russia's third substitutes, coming in for Dzyuba, but Croatia almost ran into trouble after making two more subs, Josip Pivaric and Mateo Kovacic on for Ivan Strinic and Kramaric.

Russian Federation will play in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, Like last match they will let the opponents have possesion, narrowing down width for passing and playing on the counter.

The game stayed locked at 1-1 through the final whistle, prompting two periods of extra time.

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Russian Federation got off to the worst possible start, with Fedor Smolov's feeble attempt at a Panenka easily saved by Danijel Subasic.

But Pivaric was whistled for handling the ball at the corner of the box, and Dzagoev's cross was flicked inside the back post by Fernandes to level the game in the 115th minute. After that, it was far from it, producing one of the most intense, heart-wrenching games we've seen in Russian Federation.

Back up the other end, Mandzukic directed a header over from a 77th-minute corner in what was the final attempt in regulation time, but the first extra-time goal of the World Cup arrived on 100 minutes and it was Croatian fans celebrating.

Croatia continued to dominate possession and Krammaric had the first shot of the second half, acrobatically volleying Vrsaljko's cross straight into the waiting hands of Akinfeev.

The subsequent shoot-out then saw Subasic and Akinfeev make a save each before Fernandes' miss, which allowed Rakitic to send Croatia through.

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Ivan Perisic came closest to scoring in the second half, while Domagoj Vida put the Blazers ahead in the first half of extra time, only for Mario Fernandes to restore parity at the death and force penalties.

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