Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Croatia move into semifinals with penalty shootout win over Russian Federation

Croatia move into semifinals with penalty shootout win over Russian Federation

The quarterfinal at Sochi on Saturday (NZT Sunday) was tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time, forcing both Croatia and Russian Federation to a shootout for the second consecutive game.

He has already seen his players write their own history with their penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia in the last 16, and who could deny him the feeling that there is more to come?

Both Russia and Croatia had needed extra-time in their matches against Spain and Denmark, respectively, and thus emulated South Korea and Spain, who needed extra time and penalties to separate each other in the last eight of 2002.

"This was not a attractive game, but it was a fight", Dalic commented.

"This is like in Alcoholics Anonymous, when you come in and say: "I am so and so and I have a problem", the 46-year-old added.

"At that moment, I felt that I did not understand anything about football", Rakitic told El Pais. We made ourselves happy but also everybody back home in Croatia happy. "I would like to become a coach, a good coach". Can Croatia stop the English juggernaut in the semis? This is a great result. "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour".

Dave Awde, a 30 year old Preston fan, of Kirkham, said: "I can't remember a time when England were good enough to reach a semi-final, this is awesome".

Before home fans, Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their round of 16 match played a week ago at Luzhniki Stadium, goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev becoming the hero of local fans by saving two penalties to take his team to the quarter-finals. We are very motivated.

"We tried. I think the whole team gave 100 percent. It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

Team Russia coached by Stanislav Cherchesov lost to Croatia in the quarter-final match at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on Saturday night.

"They breezed past Sweden".

Yes, Croatia may have one of the best individual players in the tournament with what Luka Modric has done in matching the deepest run ever by the country.

Unlike Belgium, Les Bleus have the experience of playing on the big stage-this is the team's third semifinal of a major tournament in 12 years-and it continues to resemble a team still not playing at its full potential.

England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final. The favourites are home now.

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