Russia is out of a World Cup, yet not yet a quarrel to a really final kick.
Croatia won a penalty-kick shootout 4-3, cementing a nation’s initial berth in a World Cup semifinals given 1998 after a stirring 2-2 draw. Domagoj Vida’s 100th-minute header had Croatia heading in additional time, yet Mario Fernandes’s header in a 115th pulled Russia behind turn and forced chastisement kicks as a dual sides battled for a place in a semis.
Andrej Kramaric’s header answered Denis Cheryshev’s overwhelming strike in regulation, that eventually forced a dual into additional time for a second true compare in a knockout stage. Russia suspended Spain in penalties in a turn of 16 and had a movement usually after a half-hour mark, yet Croatia, that flog Denmark in PKs to advance, answered shortly after and enjoyed a improved of a run of play throughout.
Croatia started a shootout on top, when Russia’s Fyodor Smolov had a terrible try saved by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, a favourite vs. Denmark.
Marcelo Brozovic done his kick, seizing a early edge. That was nullfied after a second round. Alan Dzagoev done his kick, and Mateo Kovacic had his saved by Igor Akinfeev, creation it 1-1 after dual rounds.
Fernandes went from favourite to goat on his symbol kick, blank a idea entirely, and Luka Modric narrowly put Croatia behind in front, with Akinfeev saving his shot off a post, usually to have it go in.
Sergei Ignashevich scored for Russia, usually to be answered by Vida, that pushed Russia to a brink. Daler Kuzyaev converted, yet Ivan Rakitic did as well, giving Croatia a 4-3 delight on symbol kicks.
Croatia leader will face England, a 2-0 leader over Sweden progressing on Saturday, in a semifinals on Wednesday.
Russia pushed early for a go-ahead strike, with Artem Dzyuba personification a intelligent round brazen for Cheryshev down a right-hand side of a box in a second minute. He had his try blocked, yet it was a matter of vigilant from a Russians, who were some-more calm to locate vigour and concede possession opposite Spain.
Russia continued to means problems 3 mins later. Aleksandr Golovin got to a endline and sent in a cranky that was headed away, yet it didn’t transport distant during all, and Dzyuba attempted to bombardment a clearway home, usually to have it blocked and put out for a corner.
Croatia’s initial try came off a dilemma of a possess in a seventh minute. Ante Rebic was means to get his conduct to a second ball, yet he couldn’t approach it on frame, instead harmlessly putting it over a bar.
Croatia had another possibility go vagrant in a 17th notation after Rebic warranted a giveaway flog usually outward a box. Rakitic bending a possibility good over a bar, though, as a compare remained scoreless.
Russia non-stop a scoring in a 31st notation by a World Cup star, Cheryshev. After scoring 3 times in a organisation stage, he sprung for another beauty Saturday, receiving a pass in walk before curling a beautiful left-footed strike by a secure Subasic to make it 1-0.
With movement entirely on Russia’s side, Croatia struck behind with a much-needed equalizer. It came off a clearly harmless idea kick, with Croatia personification a round brazen into space for Mario Mandzukic down a left-hand side. He crossed for Kramaric, who headed home by Akinfeev to make it 1-1 in a 39th minute.
Kramaric opted for a fantastic in perplexing to get his second, attempting a bicycle flog from about 15 yards out after an extended square of Croatian possession in a Russian third, yet he couldn’t get adequate energy or pointing on it, bouncing his possibility to Akinfeev in a 51st minute.
Ivan Perisic suspicion he’d given Croatia a lead on a hour mark. With Akinfeev scrambling to get behind into position, Perisic had a round tumble to him with space to fire in a core of a box. He bending his event off a inside of a post, and it somehow managed to toe a idea line yet going in before rolling to reserve and permitting Russia to breathe easier.
Russia was holding on in a face of Croatian possession, yet it had a good possibility to hide a leader in a 83rd minute. A unnecessary sport means Golovin with a giveaway flog from about 20 yards out on a left-hand side, yet his dangerous curling round was headed to safety, as Croatia transient with a compare still 1-1.
Neither could find a go-ahead strike in regulation, and a dual sides, for a second time in this knockout stage, headed to additional time.
Croatia was forced into a extra–and final–substitution in a 98th minute, when right behind Sime Vrsaljko picked adult an damage and could not go on. That was significant, given that Subasic seemed to have tweaked a hamstring during a finish of regulation, yet he played by it. Veteran Vedran Corluka came on in his place.
Moments later, Croatia took a lead in a 100th notation off a dilemma kick–one that was needlessly conceded after it seemed Akinfeev could have held a cranky that was instead put out for a set piece. Vida was a initial to conduct it down, and Akinfeev seemed screened as a round caromed inside a post to make it 2-1.
Russia threatened for an equalizer in a 112th notation off a dilemma flog of a own. Subasic punched divided a initial kick, yet it fell for Kuzyaev, who rifled on frame. He strike it right to where Subasic was, though, and a goalkeeper done a purify locate to finish a threat.
A counsel sport by Josip Pivaric means Russia another set-piece event in a 114th minute, usually outward a box on a right-hand side, and a hosts took advantage of it. Fernandes headed home Dzagoev’s giveaway kick, creation it 2-2 with usually mins to gangling before an apparent elimination.
Elimination came in penalties, a oppressive exit for a intrepid host, who done it over than many could have imagined, and really scarcely returned to Moscow for a semifinal, a place eventually that goes to Croatia and a golden generation.
Here were a lineups for both teams:
Here are a rosters for both sides:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow)
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)
Manager: Stanislav Cherchesov
Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic (Dinamo Zagreb), Dominik Livakovic (Gent), Danijel Subasic (Monaco)
Defenders: Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg); Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Strinic (AC Milan), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Sime Vrsajlko (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)
Forwards: Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Marko Pjaca (Juventus), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Manager: Zlatko Dalic