Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Mae Harvey
July 9, 2018

The victor of this match will face the victor of the quarterfinal between Sweden and England.

Kokoshniki have been among the souvenirs World Cup fans have been purchasing in Russian Federation, one designer said.

And Barcelona's Rakitic was glowing in his praise of Modric - who missed a penalty in extra time but converted from the spot during the shoot-out - again on the eve of Croatia's clash at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Croatia repeat the feat of their illustrious predecessors of 1998 by reaching the semi-finals.

Following on his heels are gangling Belgian goal-poacher Romelu Lukaku with four and Antoine Griezmann (France) on three.

It went blow-for-blow with Argentina in a 4-3 win to kick off the knockout stage before impressively handling red-hot Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said, who plays in England for Liverpool, said his side's status as underdogs doesn't bother him. Perhaps the match was not the most handsome, but it will be remembered. In the second half, we dictated play and created half-chances.

Russia's hard-as-nails striker Artem Dzyuba has issued a battle cry ahead of his country's quarter-final showdown with Croatia. There is some kind of football anti-incumbency going on with the big teams getting eliminate against the so-called smaller opposition.

Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction. This World Cup campaign is also probably the last time for a cohort of talented players like Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic to sign off with worldwide silverware.

Then in 1990 in Italy they beat Cameroon in extra time to head into another semi-final, this time they faced Germany and lost on penalties, the beginning of their long hoodoo from 12 yards.

A midfield of Modric and Rakitic should allow Croatia to largely control the pace of play, while Mario Mandzukic is a great finisher up top.

American media has heavily analyzed and forecasted the games at the World Cup even though their team didn't make it to Russian Federation.

Both sides are unsafe and clinical on the attack, although France seems to have a bit more depth and quality when it comes to players capable of finishing. After that match, Subasic revealed he had been playing in tribute to a dead friend. It is a Three Lions side that Kramaric rates highly.

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