Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

by Wade Massey July 8, 2018, 2:17
Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Then Russia left their Croatian counterparts in hot water (well maybe luke warm) as Denis Cheryshev conceded in the 31st minute of the game.

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, celebrates after he scores the penalty shootout during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. The first was against Portugal in 1966 when they went on to win the tournament, hosted in England, they had to wait 24 years till they reached the final four again.

But as Croatia broke the stalemate in extra time, all etiquette was out in Sochi, and the now-jacketless Croatian politician bounced up and down next to Medvedev, who looked away, disappointment etched on his face. If they go behind against England, is there another gear to do the same against England?

Andrej Kramarić's goal against World Cup hosts, Russia.

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.

Vida was booked moments later after removing his top during his goal celebration.

Their first tough competition came against Denmark, as the teams headed to penalties to decide the victor.

Ivan Rakitic scored the deciding penalty after a 2-2 draw.

Croatia grabbed the lead in extra-time thanks to a header from Domagoj Vida following a corner, but with just six minutes to go Russian Federation made it 2-2 when Mario Fernandes glanced home a header following a free-kick.

The victor of this game will play the victor of the Sweden-England game in the semi-finals.

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