Croatia defeats Russian Federation on penalties to advance to semis

Russia vs Croatia World Cup 2018

Russian striker Artem Dzyuba attracting interest from Cardiff

"We have nerves of steel", Kramaric said. I told him we were disappointed. "But he said we should have our eyes open and make the next steps".

Russian Federation has been basking in the spotlight this World Cup, playing to the roaring crowds at home and winning games.

The Sunday Mirror paraphrased the song written when England hosted the 1996 European Championships, saying: "England are in the World Cup semi-finals - could this really be the summer football comes home?"

It was a dramatic end to a see-saw game that finished 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes, and 2-2 after extra-time.

With a penalty shootout looming, there was concern for Croatia as Subasic appeared to be struggling with cramp.

Ivan Rakitic has expressed his shock at seeing former Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta left out of Spain's line-up for their final World Cup match, saying the omission "hurt a lot".

This was the first time since 1994 that a team tied a match after going behind in extra-time. Playing in the easiest group in the World Cup, Uruguay broke them and they were lucky that Salah was injured and was not at his best level. "The team gave everything it had to the cause and we can sleep soundly tonight". Next, England. There is nothing nicer than to play the oldest national team in football, where the game started.

Fernandes was on target in the 115th minute to bring the scoreline back to 2-2, and wonderful footage has since emerged of his family and friends gathered around a big screen to see the scenes unfold.

Luka Modric won the man of the match award for the third time in five games at this World Cup, with a superb array of passing from a deep role in midfield.

However, a bigger issue for coach Zlatko Dalic will be how to get more decisive performances from his top players. "This wasn't a attractive game but a fight".

"Those emotions just burst out of me". "That will keep it more interesting and exciting, especially if we have a match-up between Russian Federation and England (in the semi-finals)".

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