Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

08 July, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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Croatia has beaten host Russian Federation 4-3 in a penalty shootout to advance to a World Cup semifinal against England.

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.

This will be the first time that England will reach the last four of the World Cup tournament since 1990 when the reached this stages last.

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They have quickly been embraced as national heroes, with the mayor of Moscow responding by making additional public viewing space available in the city before the match in Sochi's Fisht Stadium. The score went up to 2-1 and stayed unaltered deep into the second half of the overtime period, when Croatia's defender Josip Pivaric was flashed a yellow card for tipping the ball with a hand. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

Croatia were agonisingly close to scoring on the hour when Russia's defence failed to clear the ball and Ivan Perisic's shot hit the inside of the post but rebounded harmlessly across the face of the goal.

Domagoj Vida made it 2-1 for Croatia 10 minutes into the second stanza with a fine header that sailed into the bottom corner.

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Brazil nearly equalised immediately, Neymar dribbling down the left and finding Gabriel, only for his effort to go amiss. They paid an immediate price when Fernandinho nodded Eden Hazard's corner into his own net unpressured after 13 minutes.

The game was hardly the most exciting 120 minutes of football, although it was still better than France vs Denmark, and the teams couldn't be separated in "normal" time.

Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

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The hosts continued their remarkable run by knocking out tournament favorites Spain on penalties. The question for head coach Roberto Martinez is whether he'll move to a more defensive posture.

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