Zagreb bursts into joy as Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties

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Cherchesov was calm enough to reflect on the nature of the defeat to Croatia, which had seen his team take the lead through a stunning Denis Cheryshev goal, before falling behind to two Croatia headers.

With just six minutes left of extra time Fernandes headed the hosts level from a free kick on the edge of the area after a handball and the game went to penalties.

Players of Croatia pose for a photo ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on July 01, 2018.

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

The pressure will be even greater Wednesday when they meet England with a World Cup final berth on the line.

Croatia ended Russia's surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday. I told him we were disappointed.

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Rakitic and Iniesta won three La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey trophies and a Champions League together between 2015 and 2018, and the Croatian said he was stunned that Fernando Hierro overlooked the World Cup victor as Spain went up against Russian Federation in the round of 16.

Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage. Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

Russian Federation equalised in the 115th minute when Mario Fernandes headed in a free kick from just outside the area after a handball was called against Croatia's Josip Pivaric.

Following a few missed opportunities, Croatia had to settle for a chance to win the match in extra time.

The victor of the other semi between France and Belgium is considered the favorite to win the World Cup, but England has arguably its best chance to re-establish itself as the top team in the world since 1966. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me".

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