Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

Croatia defeat Russia 4-3 on penalties to reach 2018 World Cup semifinal

Former Russia head coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov said that Russia needed to keep at bay Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric if they were to win their quarter-final encounter at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored the last penalty for Croatia to send them to the semifinal where they will face England.

The following time in the first half saw the referee booking two Croatian players.

Vida came unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and his header managed to bounce through traffic and roll into the net to give the Croatians the advantage in the 101st minute.

In France '98, the hosts knocked Croatia out in the last four en-route to clinching the title, while four years ago Brazil edged them 2-1 in the tournament opener.

Ivan Rakitic converted the decisive spot-kick after Mario Fernandes, who had netted an equaliser for Russian Federation with five minutes of extra-time remaining, hit his effort from 12 yards wide.

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The draw of 1-1 remained flashing on the scoreboard as both teams retreated for the 15-minute break ahead of the second half, .

Croatia's Dejan Lovren and team mates celebrate winning the penalty shootout.

Russia vs Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: Russia take on Croatia. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance.

They have quickly been embraced as national heroes, with the mayor of Moscow responding by making additional public viewing space available in the city before the match in Sochi's Fisht Stadium.

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