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FIFA World Cup 2018: England, Croatia end long wait for semi-final spot

England and Croatia set up a semi-final date by recording victories in their quarter final fixtures against Sweden and Russia respectively

England and Croatia set up a semi-final date by recording victories in their quarter final fixtures against Sweden and Russia respectively. While England ran away to a fairly straightforward 2-0 win, Croatia had to deal with an astonishingly resilient Russian team who kept pegging them back every time it looked like the Croatia were pulling ahead. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were on target for England with two headers. Russia's Denis Cheryshev started the scoring in the second match of the day with a goal that is a shoo-in for any list of great World Cup knockout goals. Andreij Kramaric then equalised for Croatia and it remained like that till the end of the second half. Croatia took the lead through Domagoj Vida in the first period of extra time but Russia equalised in the second period through Mario Fernandes. In the ensuing penalty shootout, both Danijel Subasic and Igor Akinfeev made one save each and Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty that took Croatia to just their second semi-final in its independent history. (Source: Reuters)

Harry Maguire scored the first goal for England in the first half. (Source: AP)

Dele Alli doubled their lead in the second half. (Source: Reuters)

This is the first time since 1990 that England have reached the World Cup semi-finals. (Source: Reuters)

Denis Cheryshev started the scoring in Russia's match against Russia. (Source: Reuters)

Andrej Kramaric then equalised for Croatia. (Source: AP)

In the first period of extra-time Domagoj Vida headed in the goal that gave Croatia the lead. (Source: Reuters)

But Mario Fernandes scored in the second period of extra time and forced the game into penalties. (Source: Reuters)

Ivan Rakitic's final penalty was enough for Croatia to record a 4-3 win over Russia. (Source: Reuters)