Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

Rakitic: When Iniesta was benched by Spain, it felt like I didn't understand football World Cup 2018: Livescore: Result of Russia vs Croatia
Faye Gross | 08 July, 2018, 06:28

We were lucky, thank God.

The victor of this game will play the victor of the Sweden-England game in the semi-finals.

It looked as though another upset could be on the cards when Denis Cheryshev's stunning strike gave Russian Federation a first-half lead. Putin called me during the day and right now. They are still great guys for us, they are heroes.

Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup. "But we showed our worth".

"We can't live on emotions, we had a lot of mistakes, we needed to change some things, there were enough things that we didn't plan, our opponents also forced us into mistakes", he said.

"We knew from the first second, I knew where we were heading".

The game was hardly the most exciting 120 minutes of football, although it was still better than France vs Denmark, and the teams couldn't be separated in "normal" time.

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And Barcelona's Rakitic was glowing in his praise of Modric - who missed a penalty in extra time but converted from the spot during the shoot-out - again on the eve of Croatia's clash at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

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.

Since the opening match nearly a month ago, Moscow went almost without sleep as fans danced through the night on the streets near the Kremlin, locations where police would normally break up unauthorised gatherings by force.

The battle-tested Swedes were in search of another upset after winning arguably the toughest group in the tournament, but they were unable to generate a consistent attack throughout the match.

The broadsheet Observer said in its report: "At the final whistle, the victorious players converged on one another". "We here in Russian Federation do not feel the joy of our fans in the cities of Croatia, but surely the emotions are very special", Kramaric said. Well done to our guys, they tried very hard.

"This is a part of our culture that a tourist can take away with him", said Tatyana Dombrovskaya, who designs the headdresses. It's the first time we're in the quarterfinals in a very long time.

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