Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018”

His players meanwhile probably didn't toast the big win with vodka or other hard liqueur, they will simply need to recover swiftly as they now set their sights on reaching the July 15 final when they meet England in Moscow on Wednesday.

While the hosts went a goal up after 14 minutes through Fyodor Smolov, a pair of quickfire goals from Nikola Kalinić and Marcelo Brozović would push Croatia into the lead after 60 minutes.

After Russia's blistering start, Modric-led Croatia gradually controlled the ball and the first half saw 65 percent ball possession for Croatia.

Ignashevich started all five of the host nation's games at the World Cup, as Russian Federation generally played a deep defensive line which compensated for his lack of speed.

His side then went ahead for the first time as Vida met Modric's corner and sent the ball bouncing beyond Akinfeev. Striker Mario Mandzukic ran unchallenged into the penalty area and chipped a low ball back into the center where the unmarked Kramaric scored with a glancing header.

Russian Federation will play in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, Like last match they will let the opponents have possesion, narrowing down width for passing and playing on the counter.

Yuri Gazinskiy became Russia's third substitutes, coming in for Dzyuba, but Croatia almost ran into trouble after making two more subs, Josip Pivaric and Mateo Kovacic on for Ivan Strinic and Kramaric.

Croatia pressed for a late victor, earning a pair of corners, but the game went to extra-time where after four minutes, right-back Sime Vrsaljko picked up an injury and Vedran Corluka became Croatia's fourth sub.

And nearly immediately afterward, Croatia had their victor. Domagoj Vida (Croatia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic once again came up big, making some big saves in regulation, one after getting injured, and saving Russia's first penalty kick.

However, the 90 minutes would produce no more goals, with the game forced into extra-time. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.

Croatian football boss Davor Suker admitted he needed some extra help in the deciding stages of the World Cup quarterfinal against hosts Russian Federation.

However, at the other end of the field will stand an equally hard opposition for the Russian offence to break down in Danijel Subašić, who himself saved three penalties in Croatia's shootout win over Denmark - a performance that puts him level with Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo in terms of penalties saved in a World Cup shootout.

But the hosts were again on the back foot when Fernandes sent his attempt wide of the post, and though Akinfeev pushed Modric's shot onto the post, it fell just over the line to put Croatia back in front.

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