It was a match that, frankly, was pretty boring for the first 30 minutes. Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime. The host nation captured the hearts of its fans and fellow countrymen in this journey as they made it farther than anyone thought they would make it. Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage. This game is tied at 1-1 a few minutes before halftime! Referee sees Loveren in a tussle inside the box, points for a goal-kick to Russia. It turns out his hopes will not be realised - at least not at this tournament.
Denmark scored inside first minute and although Croatia equalized minutes later they struggled to impose themselves for most part in normal and extra time. The model knows both teams prevailed in the round of 16 thanks to shootout victories over Spain and Denmark. Denis Cheryshev gave Russia the lead in regulation time with a long-range shot into the upper corner in the 31st minute. The host nation attack from left to right in their red tops and white shorts, while the Croatians are dressed in their slick black and navy checkerboard kits. Sweden only created two chances during the match, and Jordan Pickford expertly saved both of them. Still level after 61 minutes. Sixteen of Dalic's squad play in Europe's big five leagues, with Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic the hero against Denmark when he saved three penalties.
Russia leads thanks to an absolutely outrageous goal. The Soccerbot is absolutely destroying the World Cup knockout stage, correctly predicting draws for Spain-Russia +280 and Croatia-Denmark +225. The assisting referees for this match are Emerson De Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse of Brazil as well as Joe Rizzello from Italy. Ivan Perisic collects the ball and blasts a low drive at goal that unbelievably hits the left post, rolls across the face of net, and ultimately out of bounds for a goal kick. Croatia came within an inch of taking the lead on the hour mark as Akinfeev tried and failed to reach a Mandzukic cross, and the ball fell to Ivan Perisic, who tried to aim a shot inside the post only to see it come off the woodwork and roll through the six-yard box untouched. They will need to up their game against Russia who will lineup to frustrate them on Saturday night.
He's asking to be subbed off, likely throwing a wrench in manager Zlatko Dalić's original substitution plan. Five minutes of stoppage time to come! Braver tipsters can take the Croats to win in the regular 90 minutes of play at the odds of 2. It unfortunately leads to nothing. Russia have defied all expectations at this tournament, but their race is finally run. But only eight minutes later an Andrej Kramaric header amid slack marking brought Croatia level, and after the break Ivan Perisic saw a low shot crash against the post and out across the face of goal as Zlatko Dalic's side began to control the game. Real Madrid's Luka Modric is 32, Barcelona's Rakitic, 30, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic is 32, and Inter Milan forward Perisic 29.
Just look how happy Peter Schmeichel is here. There was such force and finesse to his run and finish that it took a few moments to fully digest. He converted the final penalty for Russia in the shootout against Spain, as well as the winner against Egypt and a pair of goals in the opener against Saudi Arabia in the group stage. As it stands, Russia 1-1 Croatia. Media playback is not supported on this device World Cup 2018: Watch Croatia's penalty shootout victory over Russia in full All this for a team ranked 70th in the world who before the tournament were fancied by very few to make it out of their group. Subasic the Croatia keeper lunges to stop a deflected shot and looks as though he might have done his hamstring.
As surprising as it looks, hosts Russia will battle Croatia for the place in the World Cup semi-final on Saturday evening in Sochi. It is not often that Rakitic and Modric are made to look very ordinary but, having ridden the challenge of the former as he surged forward, Cheryshev barely broke stride as he exchanged a slick one-two with Artem Dzyuba, eluded the despairing lunge of Modric behind him and opened up his body enough to arc a wonderful bending shot into the top corner from 25 yards. Unlike the previous round, there was minimal drama here. Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. The ball bounces in the area, possibly taking a deflection off of Vedran Corluka, and eventually slowly rolls over the line into the back of the net. And their best finish came four years prior to that in 1966, losing the third-place play-off to Portugal and Eusebio.
Substitute Alan Dzagoev, who was feared out for the World Cup after getting injured in the first game, has come up with a spectacular set piece delivery. Danijel Subasic, nonetheless, bested the Leicester City keeper by stopping three penalties to carry Vatreni through to the next round. That match took place on November 17, 2015 in Rostov-on-Don and featured goals from Fedor Smolov, Nikola Kalinic, Marcelo Brozovic, and Mario Mandzukic. Croatia 2-2 Russia And the roof comes off the stadium in Sochi. Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks for Russia vs. Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.
Russia and Croatia played conservatively in the second half, with both teams looking afraid to open up, and they gradually made defensive substitutions too. This game really looks like it could go either way. Few thought Russia would get this far The hosts are the lowest-ranked team in tournament 70th and lack truly world-class players. Croatia, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Russia 0-1 Croatia on penalties.
My sports reporting has covered everything from interviewing globetrotting coaches and top executives, to witnessing the craziest bike race in the world. The effort is place nearly perfectly, but the hobbled Danijel Subasic is able to track it through the traffic in front and makes a last gasp diving save to deny the Russians of the lead. Perfectly placed into the side netting. Brazil-born defender Fernandes' miss - blazed low and wide of the post - was the second of two failed Russian spot-kicks. After 120 minutes of play on Sunday, the host nation defeated La Roja, who won the 2010 in South Africa and were favorites to win the tournament this year, in a major upset. Sbornaya held it out against the 2010 champions Spain whose sterile passing got them knocked out of the competition.
Ivan Rakitic had a good opportunity from a free kick just outside the box after a quarter-hour but could not keep his shot near the target. At 1-1, Fernandes missed his shot -- only the second player to miss in any of the four shootouts at this year's World Cup. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev came up with a huge save that lifted Russia over a Spain team that was listed as one of the favorites to win the World Cup. Vida scored his spot-kick either side of Sergey Ignashevich and Daler Kuzyaev finding the net, leaving Ivan Rakitic with the opportunity to win it, as he had against Denmark. You get an extra substitution in extra time, but Subasic was forced to play injured for the final minutes. Denis Cheryshev has returned to the lineup and will be expected to make a big contribution. Subašić will stay in the game.