Russia 2018: Croatia edge Russia on penalties to make semis

By Mutala Yakubu
Croatioa beat Russia on Penalties to make semis
Croatioa beat Russia on Penalties to make semis

Croatia edged host Russia 4-3 on penalties to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

A very entertaining first half saw both sides have few chances at goal.

It looked to be ended in a goalless first half until Russia found a way through on the 31st-minute mark.

Artem Dzyuba slid a pass to Denis Cheryshev who unleashed a fabulous shot from long range to make it 1-0 to Russia.

The game had come to life but Croatia responded with a goal of their own in the 39th minute.

Mario Mandzukic picked out Andrej Kramaric in the box with a decent cross, and he scored with a header from close range.

It was open from that point and both sides made sure it ended 1-1 at half time.

The second half produced no goals and the game entered extra time.

Croatia struck again as Vida headed in a Luka Modric corner to give them the lead again.

It looked like Croatia had snatched the win until Mario Fernandes scored late for Russia to make it 2-2 and send the game to penalties.

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Croatia won 4-3 on penalties and will face England in the semifinal.

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