Croatia break Russian hearts in penalty shootout

08 July, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Former Russia head coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov said that Russia needed to keep at bay Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric if they were to win their quarter-final encounter at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves Russia's first penalty in the shootout to decide their Fifa World Cup quarterfinal in Sochi.

Croatia is in the World Cup semifinals for the second time and first since 1998.

Fernando Hierro's side crashed out of the tournament on penalties to hosts Russian Federation on Sunday, bringing an end to Iniesta's glittering global career.

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The match went into extra time and Croatian defender, Domagoj Vida, took them 2-1 up at 100 minutes with the added bonus of a salute from the nation's president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. The Croatians lost to France in the semis 20 years ago.

Rakitic and Iniesta won three La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey trophies and a Champions League together between 2015 and 2018, and the Croatian said he was stunned that Fernando Hierro overlooked the World Cup victor as Spain went up against Russian Federation in the round of 16.

Akinfeev levelled things up at 1-1 when he dived the right way to keep out Kovacic after two penalties each.

Croatia will play England, who earlier beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

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