Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Croatia’s kit for the quarterfinal ready to

Croatia’s kit for the quarterfinal ready to

"I was concentrated throughout the match but after Rakitic's penalty, it came bursting out of me", he said.

When he bought a ticket past year for a World Cup quarter-final in Sochi, Russian soccer fan Yevgeny Yegorov guessed, based on form and pedigree, that he would most likely be a neutral spectator watching Spain play Argentina.

Croatia then went ahead with a soft header in the eleventh minute of extra time but Brazilian-born Fernandes headed the hosts level with five minutes of play remaining to send the game to penalties. Croatia's shooters did enough that Ivan Rakitic's successful penalty was the victor and set off another wild celebration with Subasic on the bottom of the pile.

Russian Federation head coach Stanislav Cherchesov said his team were understandably disappointed with the result. But he kept going and pulled off a series of saves in extra-time before reading Fyodor Smolov's intention of a cheeky Panenka penalty in the shoot-out.

Russian Federation came back into the game five minutes before the end of the extra time as Mario Fernandes scored to force the match into penalties.

"Of course there is some power left for the English", said Dalic. "And he who does, wins". "We played well, it was a tough game.", Dalic told HRT.

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A comedian who had denigrated Russia's World Cup soccer team in a music video apologized last month after they reached the knockout stage.

The most ideal and traditional line-up for the final would be France vs England, but we should not disregard the chances of Croatia and Belgium.

Saturday's showdown with the Croatians is their first quarter-final since 1970 and the tournament's host nation will have to beat England or Sweden in the semis if they were to make the final.

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.

Mr Peskov said: "He watched, he was rooting for the team". "We need to move forward and I think we believed in our strength and in ourselves".

Cherchesov said Putin had called him before the match and after. We saw England play today, they're compact and have a few remarkable players, they are strong at set plays. "They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.

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