Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

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'We expect a very hard and tough, tight, demanding match, every match at this World Cup is like that, ' Modric said at a post-match press conference, broadcast via FIFATV. He said what we showed on the field was great. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".

"We should have finished the job before penalties, but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama", said inspirational playmaker Luka Modric.

England defied nearly three decades of disappointment to move confidently into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 as headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli downed a dogged but toothless Sweden 2-0. This time, they will face a resurgent England side in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 12 (Singapore time).

Andrej Kramaric replied for the Croats five minutes before halftime with a power header inside the box following a delicate cross from Mario Mandzukic.

The game went to penalty kicks - where Russia's penalty takers made one too many mistakes from the spot.

Russia's Igor Akinfeev during extra time.

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.

Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi. Responding to Russian attack, Andrej Kramaric headed in an equaliser in the 39th minute of the game.

"We have two matches to play, we are very motivated, we will give our all".

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Roman Zobnin had a low shot saved from the final meaningful act of extra time, ensuring that both teams would again be forced to partake in a penalty shootout.

Goal! Russia 2 (3), Croatia 2 (4).

'There was not a single national team playing in this World Cup which had the complete trust of their country.

Croatia's Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren and Josip Pivaric celebrate after winning the penalty shootout against Russia in Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia.

"Putin phoned Cherchesov prior to the game on Saturday and wished him success", Peskov said. "I felt that we had the match in our hands".

Modric and Rakitic were decisive in the shootout but didn't play up to expectations in regulation and extra time, unable to create many significant chances for Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic up front.

His first, in the opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia would most likely finish third on this list for its simpler finish, but Cheryshev had the most handsome of first touches, delicately flicking it up over the sliding defender, taking another touch before firing it home and doubling Russia's lead.

SAMARA, Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. This from a Russian Federation who feared their campaign might last only three games.

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