Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to reach semis

World Cup 2018 Russia vs Croatia Preview Croatia Boast Better Record Russia Look For Another Upset

World Cup 2018 Russia vs Croatia Preview Croatia Boast Better Record Russia Look For Another Upset

They were the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, only there because they were the host country, and they won two of their three groups games, and then shocked everyone when they knocked Spain out of the competition to move on to the quarter finals.

As Croatia prepared to face Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final, Rakitic shared his reaction to learning Iniesta was on the substitute's bench.

While Russia also started well in Saturday's energy-sapping quarter-final duel against Croatia, they ran out of steam and ended bowing out against the Luka Modric-led side.

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.

Their first tough competition came against Denmark, as the teams headed to penalties to decide the victor.

Vida came unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and his header managed to bounce through traffic and roll into the net to give the Croatians the advantage in the 101st minute.

The score went up to 2-1 and stayed unaltered deep into the second half of the overtime period, when Croatia's defender Josip Pivaric was flashed a yellow card for tipping the ball with a hand.

The World Cup hosts were not given any chance prior to the kickoff of the Mundial but they surprised many right from their opening game when they pumped in five goals against Saudi Arabia.

After a pair of the quarterfinal matches played on Friday, team France enjoyed a confident defeat of 2-0 over Uruguay in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, while Belgium went for 2-1 win over the legendary Brazilian team in the city of Kazan.

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