Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Injured goalie saves Croatia as Russian Federation beaten in Fifa World Cup quarterfinals

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Iniesta replaced David Silva after 67 minutes of the game, which ended in a penalty shoot-out victory for the hosts after a 1-1 extra-time draw.

Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties to book a World Cup semi-final date with England.

Up front, Mario Mandzukic was leaden and static and a strike rate of one goal apiece in five games for him, Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and Eintracht Frankfurt's Ante Rebic is disappointing.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute.

The incident occurred during the Round of 16 meeting last week at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium that saw Croatia advance on penalties against Denmark.

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

Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored the equalizing goal in extra time, but then sent his penalty wide of the net in the shootout. Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

But Fernandes, the man whose goal took it to pens, put the ball wide the very next spot kick.

But Croatia made it 1-1 just eight minutes later thanks to a headed goal from striker Andrej Kramaric.

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". Yet Russia, backed by a hopeful and optimistic home crowd in Sochi, actually looked the more threatening without creating any clear chances. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me".

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