Russian Federation vs Croatia Prediction

Ruben Ruiz
July 8, 2018

During the group stage, Croatia won all three matches, including a 3-0 rout of Argentina, and finished top of Group D, before beating Denmark on penalties in the last 16.

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Headers from Harry Maguire, from yet another set piece, and Dele Alli took England through to the semi but they had to wait to find out who they'd face.

The World Cup hosts were not given any chance prior to the kickoff of the Mundial but they surprised many right from their opening game when they pumped in five goals against Saudi Arabia.

Denis Cheryshev gave Russian Federation the lead with a shot into the upper corner in the 31st minute and Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime.

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The game at Fisht Stadium, Sochi starts at 9 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m. ET.

After extra time ended with the score level at 2-2, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was Croatia's penalty hero, denying Fedor Smolov before seeing Mario Fernandes fire wide. Alan Dzagoev chipped the free kick towards goal and Fernandes was unmarked.

Fernandes scored off Alan Dzagoev's free kick in the 115th minute, making the home crowd go insane and restoring faith at the time, when it appeared a semifinal berth was slipping away. Akinfeev looked to have saved Luka Modric's penalty but it came back off the inside of the post and span back into the net in cruel manner.

Liverpool's No.6 played the full game in what was a gripping quarter-final tie.

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