Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals
09 July, 2018, 07:07 | Author: Marlene Myers
Russia'sWorld Cup dream ended within agonising sight of the semi-finals as they went down 4-3 on penalties to Croatia after another gallant performance in front of their fanatical fans which again belied their lowly ranking.
Croatia's Dejan Lovren and Russia's Fyodor Smolov look up at the ball. Mario Fernandes (Russia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Slack defending allowed Croatia to level eight minutes later.
But all of Russian Federation held its collective breath when a shot from Ivan Perisic on the hour mark struck the inside of the post and the ball somehow rolled across the face of the goal to safety - the Croatian winger couldn't believe he hadn't scored.
Cheryshev exploited it in a way the likes of Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane could come Wednesday, launching a long-range effort which had Danijel Subasic helpless in the Croatiagoal.
The teams then went back and forth in regulation, and neither could find the victor, sending the game into extra time.
Vida removed his shirt as he ran away in celebration, possibly thinking Croatia were heading through.
Gareth Southgate's young squad became just the third England team to make the semi-finals as they continued to make a mockery of dampened pre-tournament expectations with another impressive display. With players such as world-class midfielder Luka Modric and a string of top-level forwards including Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic, Zlatko Dalic's team scored at least two goals in each of their three group matches, including firing three past hapless Argentina.
Going to penalties will not be an ideal ploy for both sides with Russian Federation boasting Akinfeev between the posts while their opponents will have Danijel Subasic, who against Denmark became only the second keeper in World Cup history to make three saves in their shootout win.
Having knocked out Spain on penalties in the previous round, Russia, 70th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, again defied the odds to take 20th ranked Croatia to a shootout with a 2-2 draw after extra time but on this occasion their marksmanship deserted them.
Spanish captain Sergio Ramos was in tears on the pitch after losing to Russian Federation in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Possession football appears to be a relic, ready for a display case in football's version of the Hermitage museum.
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Andres Iniesta came on for Silva and Nacho was replaced by Dani Carvajal in another Spain switch with 20 minutes remaining. Still, World Cup history was on Russia's side after its well-organized team survived two hours of barely having the ball.
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