Injured goalie saves Croatia as Russian Federation beaten in Fifa World Cup quarterfinals

Ruben Ruiz
July 8, 2018

President Vladimir Putin early on July 8 said he was "proud" of the team despite its losing to the Croats 4-3 in Sochi on penalty kicks after ending extra-time play in a 2-2 draw late on July 7.

There was joy for Dejan Lovren as Croatia set up a World Cup semi-final with England after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Russian Federation on Saturday night.

After taking an extra-time lead when Domagoj Vida scored just the third goal of his lengthy worldwide career, Croatia could have been looking at a penalty shootout exit when Mario Fernandes found a dramatic late equaliser for Russian Federation.

Cherchesov was calm enough to reflect on the nature of the defeat to Croatia, which had seen his team take the lead through a stunning Denis Cheryshev goal, before falling behind to two Croatia headers. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

The decisive penalty once again fell to Rakitic, though, and he confidently rolled the ball into the bottom-left corner to keep Croatia's dreams of a first World Cup final alive.

England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final. "I won't dare forecast too far ahead", said the coach.

Russian fans celebrated late into the night after the host team exceeded expectations on July 1 and defeated powerful Spain, ranked No. 10 in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, also on penalty kicks, building the anticipation and hopes for the quarterfinal match.

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Other fans looked to the future on the heels of Russia's best World Cup performance since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Modric (dodgy penalty attempts aside) has carried his Real Madrid Champions League form into the World Cup finals and remains at his peak at 32.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Subasic's uncertain health had affected his substitution management going into extra time.

Then in 1990 in Italy they beat Cameroon in extra time to head into another semi-final, this time they faced Germany and lost on penalties, the beginning of their long hoodoo from 12 yards.

Both Russia and Croatia fought really hard as the regulation time of the game ended 1-1.

They have underachieved in recent years despite boasting a side including Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

Stuff football writers Ben Strang and Phillip Rollo make their predictions for the World Cup semifinals.

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