How to Watch Russia vs. Croatia

How to Watch Russia vs. Croatia

Former Russia head coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov said that Russia needed to keep at bay Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric if they were to win their quarter-final encounter at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Then Russia left their Croatian counterparts in hot water (well maybe luke warm) as Denis Cheryshev conceded in the 31st minute of the game.

Rakitic stepped up to score the winning kick and earn his country a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1998.

Turning to his rival at club level but team-mate on the worldwide stage, Rakitic described Croatia captain Luka Modric as "a leader" and admitted he loathes playing against the Real Madrid star.

The draw of 1-1 remained flashing on the scoreboard as both teams retreated for the 15-minute break ahead of the second half, .

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Ivan Rakitic has waved off Andres Iniesta after the veteran's time at Barcelona although it was his exit from the World Cup that left the Croatian most vexed.

The 90 minutes ended 1-1 before the referee signaled for the start of the extra time.

Fyodor Smolov saw Russia's first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts' fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.

Vida's penalty put Croatia on the verge of the semi but Daler Kuzyaev scored to make them have to score their final one to go through. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

But the fans also celebrated how far their team - the lowest-ranking side to qualify for this year's World Cup - had come, with crowds dancing and chanting "Russia" in the streets.

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