Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Croatia vs. Russian Federation final score, recap

Croatia vs. Russian Federation final score, recap

Croatia began warming up its backup goalkeepers in case Subasic was unable to continue into extra time.

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give Russian Federation the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.

In the 11th minute of extra-time Domagoj Vida nodded in, before Fernandes brought things level once again. The victor of that game faces England or Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.

Luca Modric took a corner kick in the 100th minute.

Ivan Rakitic is your man!

31 - Goal! Russia 1, Croatia 0. That all changed in spectacular style as Cheryshev won the ball in midfield, exchanged a one-two pass with striker Ayrtom Dyzuba before swerving a rocket that dipped into the top corner of the Croatia goal to open the scoring.

Russian Federation increased their tempo 20 minutes before time, combining well in their passing rhythm but the Croatians kept their shape at the back.

Croatia were deservedly back on level terms a minute later, however, as Mandzukic ran into space on the left and delivered a telling cross for Kramaric to head past Igor Akinfeev from seven yards out.

Fisht Stadium has already witnessed some of the most intense and spectacular action of Russian Federation 2018, and the local fans will be hoping to bid a fond farewell to the venue by seeing the hosts advance to the semifinals.

115 - Goal! Russia 2, Croatia 2.

But nearly immediately after making their third sub in the 88th minute, Subasic fell to the pitch grabbing his hamstring, and he was forced to continue after receiving treatment and made a save at his near post. His hand was forced when Sime Vrsaljko went down with a knee injury early in extra time and Dalic was forced to use his final substitution to replace the defender.

And nearly immediately afterward, Croatia had their victor.

Akinfeev was helpless as Vida's header sneaked through a body of players into the bottom-right corner of the net from a corner on the right.

Subasic was then tested again in the second period of extra time when he was able to corral Daler Kuzyaev's half-volley from the edge of the box, then stretched to cut out a cross. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. Akinfeev came up strong by blocking a shot from Croatia's Mateo Kovacic on the next attempt.

The subsequent shoot-out then saw Subasic and Akinfeev make a save each before Fernandes' miss, which allowed Rakitic to send Croatia through.

However, at the other end of the field will stand an equally hard opposition for the Russian offence to break down in Danijel Subašić, who himself saved three penalties in Croatia's shootout win over Denmark - a performance that puts him level with Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo in terms of penalties saved in a World Cup shootout.

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