Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final

Fans celebrate Russia's victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match against Spain in Nikolskaya Street

Fans celebrate Russia's victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match against Spain in Nikolskaya Street

Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties on Saturday to set up a World Cup semi-final against England after a dramatic match full of twists and turns. Striker Mario Mandzukic ran unchallenged into the penalty area and chipped a low ball back into the centre where the unmarked Kramaric scored with a glancing header.

"After the game, Putin phoned him again and noted the team's worthy performance at the World Cup, as well as Russia's handsome and determined game in the historic match against Croatia". Croatia entered the World Cup semis for the first time since 1998, where they will face England on July 11, 2018.

Cheryshev scored twice in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game, and was also on target as they defeated Egypt 3-1 in their second group outing.

Russia's Denis Cheryshev started the scoring in the second match of the day with a goal that is a shoo-in for any list of great World Cup knockout goals.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida put them 2-1 ahead from a Luka Modric corner in the first period of extra time but Russia's Mario Fernandes headed an equaliser with five minutes remaining, much to the delight of the partisan crowd at the Fisht Stadium.

The score was locked at 2-2 after regulation and extra-time, with Denis Cheryshev in the 31st minute and Brazil-born Mario Fernandes in the 115th on target for Russian Federation, and Croatia temporarily leading from Andrej Kramaric in the 39th and Domagoj Vida in the 101st.

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115 - Goal! Russia 2, Croatia 2.

In the final minutes, Subasic, Croatia's own last 16 penalty shootout hero, collected the ball and writhed around in apparent agony.

Russia, who many feared could go out at the group stage after a dismal run over the previous two years, had already surpassed expectations by reaching the last eight, ousting Spain on the way.

The giant forward seemed to nearly accidentally touch the ball into the path of Cheryshev and with nearly nowhere to go, the 26-year-old unleashed a thunderous left-footed strike into the top corner to leave Danijel Subasic rooted to the spot and demonstrating exactly why Real Madrid afforded a place in their academy to the player.

Croatia went agonisingly close to taking the lead for the first time on the hour, but Perisic was denied by the upright after Igor Akinfeev flapped at a lofted ball from Kramaric.

Tied after 90 minutes, the game went to extra-time, and Croatia took a big step towards sealing victory after defender Domagoj Vida headed his team 2-1 up from a corner kick. At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen.

However, it was not to be for the resilient hosts, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving Fedor Smolov's penalty and Fernandes firing wide before Rakitic kept his composure to put Croatia one match away from the final.

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