Russia 2-2 Croatia – 07/07/2018 – Croatia win 4-3 on penalties to reach World Cup semi-final

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Russia 2-2 Croatia:Sat July 7: Russia v Croatia – Sochi, Full Time (Match 59)

Croatia secured their place in the Semi-Finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a penalty shootout victory over hosts Russia. Croatia overcame World Cup hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra-time to set up a semi-final showdown with England.Croatia will play England in Moscow on Wednesday evening

Player ratings

Russia: Akinfeev (6), Fernandes (7), Kutepov (6), Ignashevich (6), Kudryashov (6), Cheryshev (7), Kuzyaev (6), Zobnin (6), Golovin (7), Samedov (7), Dzyuba (7)

Subs: Yerokhin (7), Smolov (5), Gazinsky (6), Dzagoev (7)

Croatia: Subasic (7), Vrsaljko (7), Strinic (6), Lovren (7), Vida (7), Perisic (6), Rakitic (7), Kramaric (7), Modric (6), Rebic (6), Mandzukic (6)

Subs: Brozovic (6), Pivaric (6), Kovacic (6), Corluka (6)

Man of the match: Ivan Rakitic

This was a game full of drama, but lacking in quality. With Russia content to sit deep for long periods and Croatia’s main outlet the overlapping runs of their right-back Sime Vrsaljko, they turned – as they so often do – to the creativity of their midfield duo. Luka Modric created the second Croatia goal, but was outshone by his partner Rakitic who produced an endless supply of raking passes and stepped up to nervelessly score the final kick of the shootout. Don’t be surprised to hear plenty about him in the run-up to Wednesday night’s semi-final.

Team news

Russia made one change to the team that started the last-16 win over Spain, as Denis Cheryshev came in for Yuri Zhirkov. Croatia also made one change from the side that overcame Denmark in the previous round; Andrej Kramaric replaced Marcelo Brozovic.

What’s next?

Croatia will now face England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 7pm on Wednesday evening for the chance to play either Belgium or France in the World Cup final the following Sunday.

PREVIEW:

Russia v Croatia will go head-to-head in the Quarter-final 2018 World Cup in Russia on Saturday, July 7. Russia v Croatia match will be held at in Sochi, Russia.

Team and Squad News

Russia’s squad

Russia’s 23-man squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev; Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunev (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)  

Croatia’s squad

Croatia’s 23-man squad:  Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)