Croatia beat Russia on penalties, set up last four tie with England

Dejan Lovren- Dejan Lovren confident Croatia can beat Russia in quarter-final and eclipse 1998 heroes by winning World Cup title

Dejan Lovren- Dejan Lovren confident Croatia can beat Russia in quarter-final and eclipse 1998 heroes by winning World Cup title

Take a look through the gallery to reveal the predicted Russian Federation team to face Croatia in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Russia, the lowest-ranked team in the field entering the World Cup, held Croatia to a single goal in regulation, then responded to a crushing Domagoj Vida goal in the 101st minute with an equalizer in the 115th.

Before that, Denis Cheryshev had rifled Russian Federation in front with a long-range thunderbolt in the 31st minute before Andrej Kramaric equalized for Croatia six minutes before halftime.

Danijel Subasic, battling through an apparent leg injury suffered late in regular time, stopped Russia's first attempt from the spot and Mario Fernandes sent his shot wide, ending Russia's unlikely run through the knockout stage.

- Croatia have now had eight different scorers at the 2018 World Cup - only Belgium (nine) have had more.

The arrival of the host nation for the final World Cup match at the Fisht Stadium meant by far the most vibrant atmosphere yet at this Black Sea beach resort.

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. Cheryshev still had plenty to do when he collected the ball on the left and after playing a neat one-two with Artem Dzyuba, the winger curled a shot into the top-left corner of the net from 22 yards out.

Croatia appeared to have the tie in the bag after Vida's extra-time goal until Fernandes rose to head in a free kick and send both teams to their second penalty shootout of the tournament.

Vida removed his shirt as he ran away in celebration, possibly thinking Croatia were heading through. Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime.

"We should have finished the job before penalties but maybe it's written in the stars we have to go through the extra drama", said Luka Modric, whose penalty bounced off Akinfeev's hand and the post before entering the other side of the net.

But Russia themselves also had just one shot on target in two hours of football and needed two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the penalty shootout to advance to the last eight and send the country into a soccer frenzy.

- There were three headed goals in this match - the most in a World Cup match since Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia in 2002 (five).

Subasic was then tested again in the second period of extra time when he was able to corral Daler Kuzyaev's half-volley from the edge of the box, then stretched to cut out a cross.

The Real Madrid man showed nerves of steel in the penalty shootout, scoring his spot-kick despite having one saved by Kasper Schmichael in the second half.

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