Twitter reacts as Croatia scrape past Russian Federation

Virginia Santiago
July 10, 2018

"I think we primarily must focus on ourselves because I think our team has bigger quality, we just need to show that on the pitch and we will be able to set the tone", Rebic told reporters during the week.

"This was my last World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my soccer career", Ignashevich said in a video posted on social media. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us". "But he said we should have our eyes open and make the next steps". Croatia will now face off with England on Wednesday in the semi-final, with the victor set to meet one of either France or Belgium in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Russian Federation made their final change in response, bringing on Alan Dzagoev for Aleksandr Golovin, and they almost had a chance when Subasic leapt for and fumbled a cross, but the whistle came to stop play and the goalkeeper again grabbed this thigh in pain.

Cherchesov's team beat Spain in a shoot-out in the last 16 but fell short in Sochi after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 after goals by Russia's Denis Cheryshev and Mario Fernandes and Croatia's Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida.

A blatant Croatian handball just outside the penalty area gave Russian Federation a free kick in a risky spot, and Alan Dzagoev picked out an unmarked Mario Fernandes, who redirected the ball into Danijel Subasic's goal.

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The match then came down to a penalty shoot-out, which began in inauspicious fashion for Russian Federation when Fyodor Smolov's touch shot was batted away by Subasic.

Subasic's four shootout saves are tied with Harald Schumacher of West Germany and Sergio Goygochea of Argentina for the most in a single World Cup.

The teams then traded two scores each before Ivan Rakitic calmly converted the winning penalty. And with the locked at 2-2 after extra time, it was on to penalties to decide the victor.

Denis Cheryshev's 25-yard screamer in the 31st minute gave Russian Federation the lead but Croatia pulled level through Andrej Kramaric's header in the 39th minute.

Croatia continued to dominate possession in Russia's half, though the hosts had a rare chance in the 72nd minute as Aleksandr Yerokhin found space in the box but sent his header over the bar. "We gave everything we could".

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Nothing could separate the two sides in the extra-time as both the teams scored a goal apiece owing to which, the match was decided on penalties where Croatia prevailed.

Cheryshev scored twice in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game, and was also on target as they defeated Egypt 3-1 in their second group outing. England are in the last four for the first time since 1990 and only the third time in their history.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Subasic's uncertain health affected how he wanted to manage his substitutes going into extra time. Although Danijel Subasic displayed excellent goalkeeping throughout the game, one can say that Russia's defeat was self-inflicted. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me".

Most certainly a candidate for the best goal of this World Cup.

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