Livescore: Result of Russian Federation vs Croatia

Zlatko Dalic has guided Croatia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup

Zlatko Dalic has guided Croatia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup

It was the second time in the tournament that Croatia needed penalties to win and while Hamann believes that they proved their nerve once again, he questioned their ability to break down England when the two sides met on Wednesday.

Host country Russian Federation was knocked out of the World Cup on Saturday after a dramatic match that went to penalty kicks, and Croatia fans weren't the only ones who were exuberant.

Croatia will have enough energy to face England in the World Cup semi-final despite back-to-back games going to extra time and penalties, boss Zlatko Dalic says.

An opening loss to hosts Brazil proved costly in the group stage four years ago, before a heartbreaking defeat deep into extra time against eventual champions Portugal in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Luka Modric admits Croatia need to overcome the fatigue factor if they are to beat England and reach a first ever World Cup final.

He added: "They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them".

At 1-1, Fernandes missed his shot - only the second player to miss in any of the four shootouts at this year's World Cup.

The game went to penalty kicks - where Russia's penalty takers made one too many mistakes from the spot.


It was going to be either hosts Russian Federation or Croatia, who topped their group ahead of Argentina after demolishing Lionel Messi's side in the first round.

Croatia did get some revenge for that by ensuring England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 in November 2007 with a 3-2 win at Wembley Stadium.

Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

Mr Peskov said: "He watched, he was rooting for the team".

Croatia scored their 10th goal at the 2018 World Cup, their second-best yield for a single tournament, one less than what their third-placed 1998 team managed on debut in France.

"We hope that this miracle, this luck won't leave our team". "I'm really happy that we made it to the quarters for the first time in history", said Artyom Osadchy, a student.

Denis Cheryshev scored a brilliant opener in the first half but just eight minutes later former Leicester City striker Andrej Kramarić headed the Croatians level.

"Talking about criticism, if they trusted us or not, we trusted ourselves".

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