Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout

Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout

The likes of Alexandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, and Artem Dzyuba were impressive as Russian Federation built on the momentum to cause one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as they knocked out the La Roja on penalties in the quarter-final.

"Russia has shown the world what kind of championship we can have - the best in the world", said another fan. I felt really relieved. "But we do not want to stop now, we have to make it a step further".

This tactic was turned on its head against Croatia, with Russian Federation going all out and scoring first but conceding two more before an equaliser deep in the second half of extra time reignited their hopes of a last four spot, the first since the Soviet Union's 1966 run.

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals since becoming an independent nation. The most important thing is that the national team succeeds and achieves something big. I told him that we're disappointed. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.

"I'm very proud of Russian Federation", the 34-year-old said.

Dalic also explained why he had been overcome with emotion after Ivan Rakitic sent Croatia through.

However, Rakitic ensured that Croatia prevailed in the shoot-out, their second in a row after beating Denmark on penalties in the last round. "It will be a battle again but I believe in us".

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Dalic's side now face England, who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow.

"A warning has been issued for such violation as well as for the infringement of the FIFA Equipment Regulations due to the display of a personal message by the player Danijel Subasic after the end of the said match".

"Another drama for us", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric. Every match at this World Cup is like that.

The situation was so that a group of lawmakers wanted to draft a bill that would impose a fine of 10,000 rubles (about $160) on anyone who criticized the team.

Modric suggested there was "maybe a bit more pressure on England" but, whereas Southgate's side are one of the youngest at the tournament, this will be a last roll of the dice at a World Cup for many Croatia players, probably Modric - now 32 - included. I think the difference between the teams will be Kylian Mbappe (11/1 to score a brace).

Both semi-finals look too close to call, with no clear favourite for the title after five-time winners Brazil were beaten by Belgium in the last round. "Maybe we can change something".

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