Deadlock in Sochi as Russian Federation and Croatia go to extra

08 July, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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Croatia won 4-3 on penalties, knocking the host nation out of the tournament after both Fyodor Smolov and Mário Fernandes miss the net.

Russian Federation had opened the scoring in the 31st minute, courtesy a spectacular long-range effort from winger Denis Cheryshev which sent the home fans into delirium.

Liverpool's No.6 played the full game in what was a gripping quarter-final tie. Croatia are also just the second team to advance through two back-to-back World Cup knockout games after trailing.

With the semifinals and the final yet to be played, the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup have already produced 35 goals, three more than the entire knockout phase four years ago in Brazil.

Then in 1990 in Italy they beat Cameroon in extra time to head into another semi-final, this time they faced Germany and lost on penalties, the beginning of their long hoodoo from 12 yards.

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But Gareth Southgate's side also did well to respond after conceding an equaliser so late, and obviously recovering from that. It's hard to play against them and to score against them. "They wouldn't be where they are if they weren't", he said.

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

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves Russia's first penalty in the shootout to decide their Fifa World Cup quarterfinal in Sochi.

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

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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