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Croatia To Face England In World Cup Semi-Final, Hosts Eliminated

2018 World Cup Report: Russia v Croatia 07 July 2018

By SL International - Jul 07, 2018 10:58 PM

2018 World Cup 

Result: Russia 2 (3)-(4) 2 Croatia

Date: 07 July 2018

Venue: Fisht Stadium

Croatia will face England in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup after they defeated hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties on Saturday evening.

After Croatia managed to overturn an early deficit to finish the 90 minutes at 1-1, they took the lead for the first time in the game in extra-time, although Russia responded in the final four minutes to force penalties, but they were unable to go the final distance as Croatia went through 4-3 in the shootout.

The match started at a high tempo, with Russia not giving the Croatians space or time to play in the middle of the park.

Ivan Rakitic had a chance to open the scoring for the Croats in the 15th minute with a free-kick on the edge of the box, but his strike sailed over the crossbar.

Denis Cheryshev broke the deadlock for Stanislav Cherchesov’s men on the half-hour mark with a sensational strike from outside the box.

Andrej Kramaric replied for Croatia five minutes before half-time with a power header inside the box following a delicate cross from Mario Mandzukic.

Both sides were probing for the second goal in the closing minutes of the first stanza, but they went into the dressing rooms deadlocked at 1-1.

After a lively start to the second half, Ivan Perisic almost have sent Croatia ahead on the hour-mark but his low strike from the edge of the box crashed against the base of the post, across the line and, eventually, away from danger.

Neither side could find a winning goal in the closing stages of the second half, forcing the clash into extra, which both nations had experienced in the previous round.

Domagoj Vida made it 2-1 for Croatia 10 minutes into the first period of extra-time with a fine header that sailed into the bottom corner.

Russia were pressurising the Croats looking for the equaliser and finally got it as Mario Fernandes equalised for Russia five minutes before time by heading home a cross from Alan Dzagoev to force penalties.

However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3, and they will now face England in the semi-finals on Wednesday.


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@azzaniawest Joined: 07 Nov 2017
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@azzaniawest Jul 08, 2018 11:45 AM
APPARENTLY EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN LIFE ONLY IF YOU BELIEVE, BIG GUNS CRASHED OUT OF THE WORLD CUP AND CROATIA HAS CAUSED THE BIGGEST DAMAGE IN HISTORY OF FOOTBALL, CAUSE HOST TEAM RUSSIA HAS DONE EVERYTHING ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF WORLD CUP TO BRING THE TOURNAMENT AT HOME AND AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN LIFE IF YOU BELIEVE, APPARENTLY FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO DURING HIS CAMPAIGNS FOR FIFA PRESIDENCY, HE MADE PROMISES THAT AFTER QATAR WORLD CUP 2022, HE WILL INCREASE TEAMS PARTICIPATION FROM 32 COUNTRIES TO 42 COUNTRIES AND AGAIN HE'S GOT A SURPRISE GIFT FOR AFRICANS THAT FIFA HEADQUARTERS IN SWITZERLAND WILL MOVE TO ZIMBAMBWE IN HARARE, JUST IMAGINE HOW ZIM FC FANS WILL BE DELIGHTED
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blackmeteor Jul 08, 2018 11:04 AM
Croatia team looks like the walking wounded........but they say beware the wounded soldier...............
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mercedece Jul 08, 2018 09:52 AM
France vs Croatia
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Pmblanie_waMaritzburgUntd Jul 08, 2018 09:09 AM
2018 Fifa world cup final Belgium vs Croatia
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kingMzu84 Jul 08, 2018 08:20 AM
I'm with france bt i dnt hv a problem with other 3 teams as long as brasil Uruguay Argentina nd Russia r out
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clemz7 Jul 08, 2018 07:26 AM
Nice final noma yiphi bhozayami kufineli igrend
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Prayer@k4l Jul 08, 2018 04:52 AM
Belgium vs Croatia 2018 world cup final
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Prayer@k4l Jul 08, 2018 04:51 AM
Its going to be interesting semifinals
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JOMMAK Jul 08, 2018 03:44 AM
I'm afraid after an easy passage for England in this world cup, unfortunately in Croatia they have reached the end of the lucky streak...final will be France vs Croatia, and Croatia will win
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blackmeteor Jul 07, 2018 11:24 PM
Mother Russia hurting now, but the players did them proud.
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blackmeteor Jul 07, 2018 11:09 PM
Tough semi for Croatia, but they have class on their side.
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@gunners Jul 07, 2018 11:09 PM
Finally Russia out thank you Modric and the boys
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blackmeteor Jul 07, 2018 11:07 PM
Hard Luck Russia.......continuing the proud World cup host tradition......with one notable exception of course......
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Sanchez Alexis Jul 07, 2018 11:05 PM
Thank you Croatia & Well Done!!!! I was FULLY behind you guys. Russia has fallen with their bandlululo stunts

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