Croatia Qualify For Semi-Finals, Beats Russia on Penalties

  • Russia 2-2 Croatia
  • Croatia win 4-3 on pens
  • Croatia v England in SF on Weds
  • Cheryshev stunner for 1-0 (31)
  • Kramaric header for 1-1 (39)
  • Vida heads in extra-time (101)
  • Fernandes header levels (115)
  • 2018 World Cup quarter-fine

Match Preview

These two nations battle it out i inn Sochi for the right to play England in a World Cup semi-final. It’s a huge occasion for both sides and you can follow every kick with us


Team to play Russia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Kramaric, Rebic, Mandzukic


Team to play Croatia: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Fernandes, Zobnin, Samedov, Kuzyaev, Cheryshev, Golovin, Dzyuba



It’s a similar story for Croatia, who also just make one change from the team that started in the penalty shootout success over Denmark. Andrej Kramaric comes into the side to replace Marcelo Brozovic.


There’s one change to the Russia side which overcame Spain in the last 16 as Denis Cheryshev starts and Yuri Zhrkov misses out with a calf injury.



Russia have defied all sorts of expectations on their march to the last eight. Comprehensive wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt were followed by a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay which set up a last-16 clash with much-fancied Spain. After a 1-1 draw, the hosts triumphed on penalties to cause a huge shock.

Croatia won all of their group games against Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0) and Iceland (2-1) to reach the last 16 where they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Denmark. Despite Luka Modric’s failure from the spot in extra-time, they won the shootout to set up this evening’s Sochi showdown.

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