Croatia book England semi-final after ending Russian Federation dream

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

Russia vs Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: Russia take on Croatia.

Danijel Subasic was the hero once again as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup where they will face England.

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best midfield in Russia and Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rebic mean they will be more forceful in attack than the Russians. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

Until their dramatic penalty shootout win against Denmark in the last round, the Croatians hadn't progressed past the last 16 since 2008.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter Sweden & England battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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.

Subasic saved Russia's first penalty from Fedor Smolov and, after Russia's Mario Fernandes and Croatia's Mateo Kovacic had failed to convert, Barcelona's Rakitic clinched the second shoot-out win for the Croats, who reached the last for the second time, following 1998.

For Croatia, Mateo Kovacic had his penalty saved, but Marcelo Brozovic, Modric and Vida all netted theirs before Rakitic stroked in the victor.

Vida removed his shirt as he ran away in celebration, possibly thinking Croatia were heading through.

But slack defending allowed Croatia to level eight minutes later.

Goal! Russia 2 (3), Croatia 2 (4). Mario Fernandes (Russia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

But the hosts were again on the back foot when Fernandes sent his attempt wide of the post, and though Akinfeev pushed Modric's shot onto the post, it fell just over the line to put Croatia back in front.

Sixteen of Dalic's squad play in Europe's big five leagues, with Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic the hero against Denmark when he saved three penalties.

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