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FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia vs Croatia highlights: Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties, through to semi-finals

FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia vs Croatia highlights: Croatia and Russia both scored in extra-time and the match ended level on 2-2, in the subsequent penalty-shootout, Croatia managed to beat Russia 4-3.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 8, 2018 4:59:42 am
FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia vs Croatia highlights: Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty as Croatia prevailed over Russia in an epic quarter-final fixture. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

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.


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  • boll31’ Denis Cheryshev
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03:14 (IST)08 Jul 2018
On to the semi-finals then

So, France will face Belgium in the first semi-final on Tuesday. Croatia will face England after that on Wednesday. Both matches are scheduled to start at 11.30 PM. Join us on these days and for now, we leave you with this image. 

Croatia's Luka Modric, left, plays with his kids Ivano, center right, Ema, right, and Croatia's Domagoj Vida's son David, center left, after Croatia's win over Russia in the quarterfinals. (Source: AP)

03:10 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia's run ends

They came into this tournament as the lowest ranked side, nobody gave them a chance. So they embarked on a hot run that ended with an epic quarter-final. On the way, they knocked out the mighty Spain. There are many reasons for Russia to be proud of this team. 

(Source: AP)
02:23 (IST)08 Jul 2018
THAT'S IT! Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties

Ivan Rakitic with the decisive kick and he makes absolutely no mistake, CROATIA ARE THROUGH TO THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1998!

02:22 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 3-3 Croatia

Kuziaev for Russia and he SCORES, Russia 3-3 Croatia

02:22 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 2-3 Croatia

Vida for Croatia and he thumps it in, Russia 2-3 Croatia

02:21 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 2-2 Croatia

Ignashevich scores for Russia, 2-2 again

02:18 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 1-2 Croatia

Luka Modric just about gets it in, advantage Croatia!

02:18 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 1-1 Croatia

Mario Fernandes MISSES IT! Russia 1-1 Croatia

02:17 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 1-1 Croatia

Kovacic up next and it is SAVED BY AKINFEEV, Russia 1-1 Croatia after 2 kicks each

02:17 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 1-1 Croatia

Dzagoev SCORES, Russia 1-1 Croatia

02:15 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 0-1 Croatia

Brozovic for Croatia and he smashes it into the top left corner, Russia 0-1 Croatia

02:14 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Russia 0-0 Croatia

Smolov takes, and it saved by Subasic!

02:13 (IST)08 Jul 2018
Ok, then...

Russia to take the first kick, Fyodor Smolov steps up. 

02:09 (IST)08 Jul 2018

Russia force the game into penalties. Both these sides had prevailed in the Round of 16 on shootouts and they have to go through that ordeal once again, only difference being that this time, one of them have to lose. 

02:05 (IST)08 Jul 2018
118 mins

Zobnin with a shot along the ground from around 20 yards away. It is well placed and Subasic dives to make the save. Into the last minute now of this epic quarter-final fixture. 

02:02 (IST)08 Jul 2018
GOAL! UNBELIEVABLE! RUSSIA 2-2 CROATIA (Mario Fernandes 115 mins)

..... HE SWINGS IT IN AND FERNANDES MEETS IT WITH THE HEADER, RUSSIA ARE BACK IN IT WITH JUST FIVE MINUTES LEFT! They are crying the stands at the Fisht stadium and why not. Russia simply never give up. 

01:59 (IST)08 Jul 2018
113 mins

Pivaric booked for hand ball and Russia win a free kick, right side of goal and on the edge of the box. Dzagoev standing over it.....

01:58 (IST)08 Jul 2018
111 mins

Russian corner, the crowd ramps up the noise levels, it is swung in and the valiant Subasic punches it away. It goes only as far as Kuziaev who catches it sweetly on the volley, Subasic manages to hold on to it. Gritty stuff this. 

01:54 (IST)08 Jul 2018
107 mins

Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov seems to be orchestrating the crowd as much as his players on the pitch. Gazinski gets a yellow card for a foul on Mandzukic and the latter stays on the ground. Tired legs to crack easy. 

01:50 (IST)08 Jul 2018
End of first period of extra-time

Russia win a free kick from near the halfway line on the right flank, it is swung and Subasic rises to take it in his hands. He seems to have taken some damage as he holds his thigh again but this time, he gets back up almost immediately. Croatia within touching distance of reaching a second semi-final since becoming an independent country. 

Russia vs Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: Russia take on Croatia. (Source: Reuters)

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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First published on: 07-07-2018 at 08:33:20 pm