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Starting XI: Russia v Croatia

2018 World Cup 

Result: Russia v Croatia

Date: 07 July 2018

Venue: Fisht Stadium

Croatia and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia will battle it out for a spot in the semi-finals when they lock horns at the Fisht Stadium.
 
The match is scheduled to get underway at 20h00.
 
The Croats raised expectations with their exhilarating performances from the group stages where they swept aside pool rivals Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland.
 
Boasting superstars such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic to mention a few, the Vatreni’s squad have been dubbed the golden generation and will be under pressure to deliver.
 
Zlatko Dalic’s charges almost came unstuck though in the last 16 round against a stubborn Denmark side in a match they eventually won 3-2 on penalties, following a 1-1 stalemate after 120 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, hosts Russia delivered the shock of the last 16 round knocking out 2010 Champions Spain 4-3 on penalties after they were deadlocked 1-1 in extra time.
 
The tournament hosts will rely heavily on the supporters in the stands to become their 12th man to unsettle the Croatian side that will certainly not be lacking in confidence.
 
Here's how they line up:

Russia: Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov; Zobnin, Kuzyaev; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.

Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric; Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic; Mandzukic.

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