#GlobalNews: “Croatia beat Russia on penalty kicks to affix England, France and Belgium in World Cup semis – National “
Croatia overcame a late harm to goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to defeat Russia on a penalty shootout within the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, ending the host nation’s fairy-tale run whereas prolonging their very own.
It was a dramatic finish to a see-saw recreation that completed 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes, and 2-2 after extra-time.
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Russia had opened the scoring within the 31st minute, courtesy a spectacular long-range effort from winger Denis Cheryshev which despatched the house followers into delirium. But Croatia made it 1-1 simply eight minutes later due to a headed aim from striker Andrej Kramaric.
Tied after 90 minutes, the sport went to extra-time, and Croatia took an enormous step in the direction of sealing victory after defender Domagoj Vida headed his workforce 2-1 up from a nook kick.
But with simply 5 minutes remaining, Russia leveled the rating due to a headed aim of their very own, this time from right-back Mario Fernandes.
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With a penalty shootout looming, there was concern for Croatia as Subasic seemed to be combating cramp.
But with no substitutions remaining, Subasic had no alternative however to proceed, and he received off to a very good begin, saving the primary penalty kick from Russia striker Fedor Smolov.
Fernandes then went from hero to villain, the scorer of the equalizing extra-time aim dragging his penalty kick woefully large, handing Croatia the benefit.
Real Madrid star Luka Modric, earlier goalscorer Vida and Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic all transformed their penalty kicks, handing the Croatians a 4-Three win within the penalty shootout.
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Croatia’s victory will see them tackle England within the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday.
The different semi-final will see France play Belgium.
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Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-07-07 17:20:52, as ‘Croatia beat Russia on penalty kicks to affix England, France and Belgium in World Cup semis – National