Deadlock in Sochi as Russian Federation and Croatia go to extra

Croatia train in Sochi

Croatia train in Sochi

Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage.

The match began when Croatian fans started to re-enact their own version of Iceland's "Viking thunder-clap" - you know, the one where they all clap really slowly and chant in flawless unison.

The hosts took the lead thanks to a superb strike from Denis Cheryshev but Croatia hit back before the break when Mario Mandzukic's cross was headed home by Andrej Kramaic.

The Villarreal left winger launched a 25-yard shot that nestled into the top-left corner. "It shows when he isn't playing, as Real Madrid are a different team without Luka". Only Belgium have had more with nine (excluding own goals).

Akinfeev levelled things up at 1-1 when he dived the right way to keep out Kovacic after two penalties each.

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Vida's penalty put Croatia on the verge of the semi but Daler Kuzyaev scored to make them have to score their final one to go through.

Vida was booked moments later after removing his top during his goal celebration.

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

It was a dramatic end to a see-saw game that finished 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes, and 2-2 after extra-time. We all knew what was next.

The Croatian players were quick to take back the initiative in the game and by the middle of the first half they registered the ball possession at nearly 70% against Russia's slim 30%.

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