A dramatic twist as Croatia ends Russian dreams.


Croatia emulates their 1998 heroics to qualify for semi final as they eliminate host Russia on penalties at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

31′ The first shot on goal was a moment of brilliance as Denis Cheryshev stunning goal from 25 yards was cannoned into the top left corner. Magnificent goal!

39′ Mandzukic set up an unmarked Andrej Kramaric inside the box, his header is precise into the bottom left corner. Game on! 1:1

The game was level for 90 minutes and was dragged to extra time.

101′ Domagoj Vida put Croatia ahead with an unstoppable header from a Luka Modric superb cross. 2:1

115′ A free kick from the edge of the box was met by Mario Fernandes thumping header into the back of the net. 2:2. A stalemate in 120 minutes of football only means one team will go through on penalties!

A dramatic end to the contest as Croatia edged past Russia on penalties 4:3. Croatia will face England in the semi finals on Wednesday.

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