Russia vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Ivan Rakitic was the man who finally put this to bed. Russia and Croatia were locked in a battle in which both sides simply weren’t giving up. Denis Cheryshev scored a belter to put Russia ahead and leave the Croatians shell-shocked. But the visitors responded soon and Andrej Kramaric headed in an equaliser. All this was in the first half and the second-half turned out to be a pulsating but ultimately goalless affair. Domagoj Vida then scored the goal that gave Croatia the lead in extra time but Mario Fernandes equalised for Russia in the second period and forced the match into penalties. Both Danijel Subasic and Igor Akinfeev made saves but Hernades missed his shot and Rakitic converted the final kick to send Croatia through.
Russia vs Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: Russia face Croatia in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final with the hosts buoyed by support from President Vladimir Putin, coach Stanislav Cherchesov said on Friday. Putin attended Russia’s opening day win over Saudi Arabia but has not yet said whether he will come to Sochi for the quarter-final tie. Cherchesov, however, said Putin has been in touch to support the home players. “He has been calling me, he called me before and after the (last) game with Spain,” Cherchesov said. “When the president supports you that makes us comfortable and this is an extra boost for us in terms of motivation.” Saturday’s match is a huge one for Russia, who have never reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, although the Soviet Union got there in 1966. The hosts are underdogs against a Croatia side that beat Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in the group stages before overcoming Denmark on penalties in the round of 16.
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