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Russian Federation will on Saturday night clash with Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final fixtures at the Fisht Stadium. This World Cup campaign is also probably the last time for a cohort of talented players like Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic to sign off with worldwide silverware.

"After the game, Putin phoned him again and noted the team's worthy performance at the World Cup, as well as Russia's attractive and determined game in the historic match against Croatia". Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow.

Croatia have also now played 120 minutes in each of their past two matches, having never been taken to extra-time previously, while England were able to save key players towards the end of their 2-0 win over Sweden having played 120 themselves against Colombia.

With the crowd silenced following an extra-time header from Croatia defender Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored with his own header in the 115th to send the match to yet another penalty shootout.

The hosts had taken the lead when Denis Cheryshev fired a thunderbolt past Danijel Subasic in the first half to net hid fourth goal of the tournament.

Don't miss out on the latest news and information. But Croatia made it 1-1 just eight minutes later thanks to a headed goal from striker Andrej Kramaric.

Having knocked out Spain on penalties in the previous round, Russia, 70th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, again defied the odds to take 20th ranked Croatia to a shootout with a 2-2 draw after extra time but on this occasion their marksmanship deserted them.

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Cheryshev collected the ball near the halfway line, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and curled a superb 25-meter shot past the transfixed Subasic.

SAMARA, Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.

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

But he kept going and pulled off a series of saves in extra-time before reading Fyodor Smolov's intention of a cheeky Panenka penalty in the shoot-out.

Croatia pressed for a late victor, earning a pair of corners, but the game went to extra-time where after four minutes, right-back Sime Vrsaljko picked up an injury and Vedran Corluka became Croatia's fourth sub. At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen.

After an urgent start from Russia, Croatia had their first chance in the 6th minute but Ante Rebic's free header from a corner just went over the bar.

Croatia went agonisingly close to taking the lead for the first time on the hour, but Perisic was denied by the upright after Igor Akinfeev flapped at a lofted ball from Kramaric.


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