Zagreb bursts into joy as Croatia beat Russia on penalties

Yekaterina Shtukina  Russian government press service  TASS

Yekaterina Shtukina Russian government press service TASS

They will face England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier, at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow on Wednesday.

England kept alive the dreams of all its fans, who continue to sing, "It's coming home", while Croatia became the first team in nearly three decades to win penalty shootouts in consecutive rounds. Still, his critics would argue Les Bleus don't make the most of the players at their disposal-especially in the attacking third.

This was not the first time that her support to the team has made headlines.

England wore all-white at the last World Cup when then faced Costa Rica. But this year's team has felt different, and Saturday, England continued to change the narrative. If they continue to play the way they did against the Swedes, it is possible that the Three Lions may roar their way to the final. England are in the semifinals for the first time since 1990.

He also netted in the subsequent penalty shootout. Vida had nearly sealed it for Croatia with his 101st-minute header, but the Russia's hopes were kept alive by Brazilian Fernandes, who unleashed a wonderful header off Alan Dzagoev's free-kick minutes before start of the shoot-out, making it 2-2.

For the second World Cup knockout game running, Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty kick to send Croatia into the next round of the showpiece.

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A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup. "Croatia is among the four best teams in the world", exclaimed the TV commentator from the state-run HRT channel.

Rakitic was the hero against Russian Federation, converting the winning penalty just as he did in the round-of-16 shootout win over Denmark.

An opening loss to hosts Brazil proved costly in the group stage four years ago, before a heartbreaking defeat deep into extra time against eventual champions Portugal in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Croatia are through to the semi-final of the World Cup after beating Russia/Croatia following a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

Belgium has Romelu Lukaku leading the line, with Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, and Eden Hazard playing behind the striker.

A narrow 1-0 win for England, probably from another set-piece, puts Gareth Southgate's men in the final.

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