Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout


Croatia ended Russia's surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarter-finals.

The hosts took the lead thanks to a superb strike from Denis Cheryshev but Croatia hit back before the break when Mario Mandzukic's cross was headed home by Andrej Kramaic.

The Croatian players were quick to take back the initiative in the game and by the middle of the first half they registered the ball possession at nearly 70% against Russia's slim 30%.

The Croats won all three games to top Group D ahead of second-placed Argentina and then edged Denmark in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance.

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Domagoj Vida made it 2-1 for Croatia 10 minutes into the second stanza with a fine header that sailed into the bottom corner.

Rakitic then scored his second penalty shoot-out victor in two games.

Earlier, had reported how England's Three Lions defeated Sweden 2-0 margin courtesy of two headed goals from Harry Maguire's 30th minute and Dele Alli's 59th minute during Saturday's quarterfinal fixture to book passage into the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.