Croatia Crushes Russia’s 2018 World Cup Dream

But it was to not be. Danijel Subasic, Croatia’s goalkeeper, saved the primary penalty from Fedor Smolov, and Fernandes despatched his extensive, and that was sufficient for Croatia to undergo to the final 4 in its fifth look on the World Cup. Croatia will play on Wednesday in opposition to England, a workforce additionally trying to match previous glory.

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World Cup 2018: Russia vs. Croatia

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Here’s how Croatia beat Russia:

PK: Russia three, Croatia four

GOAL CROATIA! Ivan Rakitic scores to ship Croatia to the semifinals!

Croatia piles onto Subasic close to the endline in jubilation, simply ft away from a devastated Akinfeev, nonetheless sitting within the aim mouth. The Russian followers are giving their workforce a muted standing ovation as their dream run as hosts is formally over.

PK: Russia three, Croatia three

GOAL RUSSIA! Daler Kuziaev coolly places within the left nook. It all comes all the way down to this subsequent one.

PK: Russia 2, Croatia three

GOAL CROATIA! Vida cracks it into the left facet, as Akinfeev goes the improper method.

PK: Russia 2, Croatia 2

GOAL RUSSIA! Sergey Ignashevich powers it into the left facet.

PK: Russia 1, Croatia 2

GOAL CROATIA! Luka Modric’s barely sneaks in, as Akinfeev bought a hand on it to ship it off the within of the best publish and in!

PK: Russia 1, Croatia 1

MISS RUSSIA! Mário Fernandes sends it extensive left, smashing it low on the bottom!

PK: Russia 1, Croatia 1

SAVE RUSSIA! Akinfeev will get all the way down to his left and stops Mateo Kovacic’s curler!

PK: Russia 1, Croatia 1

GOAL RUSSIA! Alan Dzagoev slides it into the decrease proper nook.

PK: Russia Zero, Croatia 1

Marcelo Brozovic blasts it into the higher proper nook, previous a diving Akinfeev!

PK: Russia Zero, Croatia Zero

Smolov tries a chip and it’s saved by Subasic’s hand!

The Goal That Got Us Here


Mario Fernandes scores Russia’s second aim.

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120+1’: Final Whistle

Nearly each participant on the sector doubles over in exhaustion. Penalties will determine the ultimate semifinalist of this World Cup.

The excellent news for Croatia: Subasic, as we talked about earlier than, made three saves in Croatia’s penalty shootout in opposition to Denmark within the spherical of 16.

The dangerous information: he seems to be on one leg, primarily. And Russia’s ‘keeper, Akinfeev, also made two saves in Russia’s penalty win over Spain.

120’: One More Minute

One minute of added time. But at this tempo, we may have, like, 4 objectives in that interval.

118’: Russia On Edge

The Russian followers, many in tears or close to them just some minutes in the past, have roared to life and are all standing for the ultimate couple minutes of stoppage time. And their workforce will not be glad with a tie: Roman Zobnin fizzes a low shot that Subasic scrambles to smother on the left facet of the aim


Mário Fernandes with a header to save lots of the host nation!

Russia had a free kick from simply outdoors the best nook of the penalty space after Josip Pivaric’s foolish handball. The kick is a good looking one, curled proper to Fernandes, and he thunders it into the left facet of the web to ship Fisht Stadium into absolute delirium.

113’: Subasic, Again

Subasic once more comes up massive. Smolov tore down the left facet, cuts again with a pleasant transfer, then performs a harmful ball proper throughout the face of aim. But Subasic stretches and simply will get a hand on it to swat it out of hazard. That hamstring looks as if it’s simply nice.

112’: Great Save by Subasic!

Russia’s nook kick pops out to Daler Kuziaev simply outdoors the world, who rockets a shot again in. But Subasic, just a few yards out after making an attempt to punch the ball away, takes it proper within the chest and is ready to smother it and finish the hazard.

109’: Croatia Pushes for Possession

The roles have switched, as anticipated: Croatia is maintaining 9 or 10 males behind the ball, at any time when doable, and is simply making an attempt to interrupt out and preserve possession with a pair gamers at any time when they escape of their half.

107’: One More Yellow Card for Russia

Yury Gazinskiy will get the yellow this time.

106’: Russia’s Last Chance

The second interval has began, and Russia has 15 minutes, give or take (in all probability give), to maintain its 2018 fairy story going.

105+2’: All Eyes on Subasic

In the dying seconds of the primary further interval, Russia will get a free kick about 35 yards out close to the best sideline. Subasic stretches to get his arms on it, then fumbles it amid a scrum, however the referee blows the whistle for a foul on Russia — after which ends the interval. Subasic grabs at his leg once more, and his standing will probably be one thing to look at for the ultimate 15 minutes.

105’: Desperation

Russia, as anticipated, is pushing the whole lot towards the entrance in a determined try for an equalizer in the previous couple of minutes of this primary interval of additional time. It gained two nook kicks, and bought a superb look on the second, however neither produced the aim Russia wants.

103’: Worth It

Vida will get a yellow card for taking off his shirt in celebration after the aim, however he probably gained’t care (principally as a result of yellow playing cards are cleared off the document after the quarterfinals).



Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev watches as Croatia’s Domagoj Vida header crosses the road.

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Domagoj Vida scores off a nook kick!

Right after Russia had a golden alternative on a counterattack, Croatia scores a dagger of a aim off a nook kick on the opposite finish. Vida directs a header towards the best nook from the center of the world, and it sneaks previous two Russians and into the web!

99’: Modric Makes His Move

Modric appears like he desires to complete this himself. He made a straightaway run from the middle circle towards the penalty space on his personal, however he’s tripped up on the final minute with a pleasant deal with. Not an entire lot of rhythm from these exhausted gamers within the further interval.

97’: Injury Forces Croatia’s Final Sub

Sime Vrsaljko is out; Vedran Corluka is in.

96’: Croatia is Down a Man

Sime Vrsaljko is limping towards the sideline simply 4 minutes into the primary further interval. There wasn’t any obvious contact or tough play on his half, however he’s being checked out off the sector whereas Croatia performs with 10 males for a bit.

94’: Energy Levels Dropping

The Russians followers even appear just a little winded. Their bootleg “Viking” chant, borrowed from Iceland’s followers, feels far more lackadaisical right here in further time.

91’: Extra Time Underway

There are 30 minutes for both facet to attain earlier than penalties. Subasic, by the best way, seems to be O.Ok. and has stayed on regardless of each groups getting one other substitution for further time.

Will This Moment Decide the Match?


Croatia’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic receives medical help.

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90+5’: Headed to Extra Time!

Croatia actually had the higher of that second half, particularly within the remaining minutes, however it couldn’t put collectively the wanted end.

We’ve bought 30 extra minutes from two groups that look fairly drained, and one (Russia) that appears dead-set on bunkering till penalties arrive.

90+four’: Close Call for Croatia

Smolov with a harmful shot! He had the ball on the best facet close to the top line, and as an alternative of crossing it he has a go at aim from a decent angle. It’s a little bit of a shock for Subasic, however he knocks it away with out a lot bother.

90+1’: Russia is Pinned

Croatia making an attempt to drive one house in stoppage time. Two nook kicks went to waste, however they’ve bought Russia pinned all the best way again.

89’: Croatia Has a Problem

Danijel Subasic, the goalkeeper, slid to gather a ball and instantly grimaces and clutches at his hamstring. He appears like he’s in a number of ache, and Croatia is out of substitutions. They’re desperately making an attempt to loosen him as much as keep away from placing a area participant in aim for the ultimate minutes of regulation.

Subasic stays on, and there’s 5 minutes of stoppage time.

88’: Croatia Makes Last Sub

Croatia makes its third change, with Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid approaching for Andrej Kramaric, the aim scorer.

87’: The View From England

85’: Free Kick Headed Off

Russia will get a free kick in a harmful space after Sime Vrsaljko is known as for a handball on the left facet of the Croatian penalty space. It’s well-placed, however Croatia is ready to get a powerful head on it and clear.

82’: Uh Oh, Russia?

Aleksandr Erokhin goes down after a tough collision within the Croatian penalty space, which is both a significant issue for Russia, which is out of substitutions, or a handy alternative for everybody to take a breather.

79’: Russia Makes Last Sub

Russia makes use of its remaining substitution, as Dzyuba’s day is finished. He comes off for Iury Gazinsky.

77’: Croatia Attacks

Russia survives a harmful assault from Croatia! Modric’s slicing run as much as the world results in an opportunity for Sime Vrsaljko after a pair passes forwards and backwards throughout the world, however Vrsaljko’s shot is blocked by a defender.

75’: Croatia Change

Ivan Strinic comes off for Josip Pivaric, who performs in Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev.

Checking In on Russia’s Fans


Fans collect in Moscow to look at the World Cup quarter-final between Russia and Croatia.

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72’: Painful Miss for Russia

An opportunity for Russia! After a little bit of good possession within the Croatian finish, Fernandes floats a cross into Aleksandr Erokhin, who had a superb quantity of house, however Lovren will get simply sufficient of a problem to drive Erokhin’s header over the bar.

67’: Another Russia Substitution

Fedor Smolov of the Russian membership Krasnodar comes on for Denis Cheryshev, who scored Russia’s lone aim.

66’: Croatia is Pushing

Croatia’s tightening the screws on offense a bit, probing and searching for a gap. Russia’s achieved a superb job of clearing it when wanted, for essentially the most half, however it’s a one-way sport in the mean time.

63’: Substitution for Croatia

Croatia making a change: Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan comes on for Ivan Perisic simply moments after Perisic put the ball off the publish.

62’: Easy Save

Dzyuba will get his head on a nook kick on the opposite finish, however can’t get sufficient energy to hassle Subasic, who collects it simply off the bounce.


Ivan Perisic collected a free ball off a cross within the Russian penalty space, took a contact to offer himself a clear look on aim, after which pings it off the within of the publish! Russia will get some critical home-team luck.

57’: Russia Gets Sloppy

Russia isn’t fairly Belgium. It had numbers on Croatia on a counter assault, however a pair sloppy passes provides the ball proper again to Croatia.

54’: Substitution for Russia

Aleksandr Erokhin of Zenit St. Petersburg is approaching for Aleksandr Samedov.

52’: Kramaric Tries Again

Andrej Kramaric goes for an additional second of glory with a bicycle try from inside the world. He will get it on course, however it’s no downside for Akinfeev to gather simply.

50’: Wasted Chance

Croatia is resorting to whipping balls in towards Mandzukic within the space, and one squirts by way of to Rebic. He makes about two feints too many, and wastes the chance from about eight yards out.

Croatia’s Fans Are Ready


Croatia’s followers have a good time their first aim in Zagreb, Croatia.

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46’: Second Half Underway

No adjustments for both workforce.

Lineup Change Pays Off for Croatia

Croatia’s supervisor, Zlatko Dalić, will get some credit score for his workforce’s aim. The solely change in his beginning lineup from the spherical of 16 win over Denmark was bringing on Andrej Kramaric, a ahead, rather than midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

Kramaric, who performs for Hoffenheim in Germany, went on to turn out to be Croatia’s seventh participant to attain on this match. Quite the distinction from Russia, which has seven of its objectives from two gamers: Cheryshev (four) and Dzyuba (three).

Halftime: One Moment of Brilliance

That was removed from essentially the most thrilling half of soccer we’ve seen on the World Cup, however it was punctuated by a superb strike from Denis Cheryshev and a poor second of protection from Russia that led to Kramaric’s aim. Croatia has appeared extra threatening, however it might take some changes to interrupt down Russia’s protection within the second half.

Croatia has one shot on course, and one aim. Russia additionally has one shot on course, and one aim. Pretty a lot sums up that first half.

45’: Good Luck Getting Another Goal

With the rating tied once more, the sport’s devolved again into what it was earlier than Cheryshev’s aim: stiff defensive play and little by the use of probabilities on aim for both workforce. Two minutes of stoppage time are added to the primary half.

39’: GOAL Croatia!


Andrej Kramaric scores the primary aim for Croatia.

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Andrej Kramaric heads Croatia stage!

Mandzukic collected the ball behind the Russian protection on the left facet and had a transparent run into the penalty space, the place he performed a easy little chip proper to Kramaric’s head to knock in previous Akinfeev from about 5 yards. Russia’s protection was caught fully out of place on that, and Sochi has gotten considerably quieter.

38’: Another Yellow

This time it’s for Ivan Strinic of Croatia.

38’: Russia Roars

The crowd was by no means out of it, precisely, at the same time as the sport lulled, however they’re again to full-throated help in Sochi. Their Russian workforce has responded properly after the aim, too, getting the ball again into the Croatian finish a pair occasions within the final three or 4 minutes.

35’: First Yellow Card: Croatia

Dejan Lovren will get a yellow card for tackling.

34’: Surprise for Russia

That was … sudden, each contemplating the expertise disparities between these groups and the best way the primary 30 minutes of this sport performed out. But Russia bought precisely what it wished: the primary aim in opposition to the run of play, and now the crimson shirts will cluster even tighter across the Russian web.



Russia’s Denis Cheryshev scores their first aim.

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Denis Cheryshev out of nowhere!

He performs a seemingly innocuous give-and-go with Dzyuba about 35 yards out, then takes a contact on the return go and rips a near-perfect shot from about 25 yards out into the upper-left nook of the web.

27’: Possession Edge Goes to Croatia

Croatia has 64 p.c of the possession to date, however apart from a barely frenetic first six minutes or so, it hasn’t been in a position to flip it into many alternatives. Russia’s gamers are content material to pack their protection round their space, then ship an extended ball towards Dzyuba’s common space once they win possession.

20’: Croatia’s Offense Struggles

This sport has settled right into a little bit of a sluggish rhythm, with Russia sitting again and absorbing Croatia’s forays. The Croatian offense has struggled to search out many lanes the previous couple of minutes, and Russia is concentrated on making an attempt to spring Dzyuba on a counterattack any probability they get.

16’: Croatia Gets Free Kick

Rebic will get dragged down only a couple yards outdoors the left nook of the penalty space, giving Croatia a harmful free kick. But Ivan Rakitic sends his shot properly excessive.

12’: Missed Opportunity

Mandzukic will get an awesome alternative off a cross close to the six-yard field, however he can’t make good contact and his shot goes properly extensive. The area has tilted a bit in Croatia’s favor the previous couple of minutes.

7’: Russia’s Goalkeeper Tested

Rebic forces Akinveev into his first save immediately on the different finish, sending a tough go into the center from close to the aim, however the Russian goalkeeper will get his arms on it and knocks it out of bounds. Rebic will get a head on the following nook kick as properly, however it goes a pair ft excessive. Plenty of offense to date on this one.

5’: Early Danger for Russia

Aleksandr Golovin produces one other harmful second for Russia, with a superb hustle play to win the ball earlier than it went throughout the top line and ship it into the world, the place Dzyuba will get a strong foot on the ball. But it blasts off a Croatian defender’s again and out.

2’: Pressing Early

Russia with an early probability, as Dzyuba feeds a sprinting Cheryshev within the space, however Cheryshev scuffs his shot and it goes out for a aim kick. Plenty of urgent from each side early.

1’: Kickoff!

We’re underway, with a spot within the World Cup semifinals on the road: Russia’s in crimson, and Croatia, disappointingly, is in darkish blue as an alternative of its basic white and crimson.

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