Croatia ends Russia's run in shootout

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

That's not how Croatia play.

Zlatko Dalic's men thought they had won the game when centre-back Domagoj Vida put them in front in extra time, only for Russia's Mario Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute and snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw.

It's no secret that we have some of the most passionate football fans in the world. "We hope we have turned the situation for the better". "We gave everything we could". France will be facing Belgium on July 10 while Croatia will be facing England on July 11 respectively.

France have a world class goalkeeper, are physically strong, quick on the counter and score goals from everywhere as Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane showed against Argentina and Uruguay.

By all accounts, this is the glamorous semi-final considering the quality of talent between the sides. Fernandinho's own goal and Kevin De Bruyne got their names on the board in the 13th and 31st minutes, respectivelywhile Renato Augusto of Brazil scored at 76 minutes.

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"We have to be united, go forward and apply pressure".

In the run-up to the tournament, the team's poor performance had made it the butt of many jokes in Russian Federation, and a video poking fun at the players was watched 11 million times online.

England secured their first semi-final place in the tournament for 28 years after seeing off Sweden 2-0 on Saturday, with only Croatia standing in their way of reaching the final following their dramatic penalty shootout victory against hosts Russian Federation. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.

Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later. And what now, after the heart-breaking quarter-finals defeat to Croatia on penalties.

Cherchesov then devised a clever game plan to counter Spain's passing game, which allowed Russian Federation to eventually squeeze past the 2010 world champions and into the last eight.

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