Croatia vs. Russian Federation final score, recap

Croatia vs. Russian Federation final score, recap

- Only one of the last six World Cup matches to go to extra-time has not gone to penalties - the 2014 final between Germany and Argentina. In the 102nd, Domagoj Vida's weak header had somehow managed to slip past a transfixed Smolov to give Croatia lead for the first time in the match.

Russian Federation have recalled Denis Cheryshev for their World Cup quarter-final clash with Croatia. Captain Igor Akinfeev was the hero, pulling off a stunning save with his foot to give Russian Federation the win.

Mario Fernandes's heroics were ultimately for naught, but at the time they lifted the World Cup host nation from the brink of elimination.

After Russia's blistering start, Modric-led Croatia gradually controlled the ball and the first half saw 65 percent ball possession for Croatia.

Accolades have included a bison being named after Russia's top striker Artem Dzyuba and a new-born eagle after goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who saved two penalties against 2010 World Cup winners Spain in the previous round.

"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match every match at this World Cup", Modric said.

Croatia national soccer team players celebrate after a penalty is saved in a shootout during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

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Croatia, a shadow of the team which cruised through their group with maximum points, won the shootout when Ivan Rakitic calmly netted and they will face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.

And in the extra session, it looked like Croatia was well on their way to the victory and avoiding penalty kicks.

Both sides book their places in the last eight courtesy of dramatic shoot-out wins, with Croatia beating Denmark and the hosts shocking Spain. "We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game", coach Zlatko Dalic said, adding that "many players are a bit injured" after the grueling game. They dominated the match, even if Russian Federation contributed to another fantastic occasion in what has been an outstanding World Cup.

Dalic's team has emulated the generation of Suker which surprised everyone on Croatia's debut on the global stage in 1998 by reaching the semifinals which they narrowly lost to hosts France, who went on to lift the trophy.

"It wasn't a lovely game, but it was a battle", Dalic said.

Modric and Rakitic were decisive in the shootout but didn't play up to expectations in regulation and extra time, unable to create many significant chances for Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic up front.

Cheryshev was Russia's leading scorer at the World Cup with four goals.

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