Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final

Russia team news: Predicted Russia line up vs Croatia – Hosts revert to 4-2-3-1

Croatia will meet England for a place in the World Cup final on Wednesday 7 July.

Penalties were required and after Smolov's feeble Panenka attempt with the first effort was foiled by Subasic, parity was restored when Akinfeev got down to his left to keep out Mateo Kovacic's second attempt for Croatia.

The Croats hadn't advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup since 1998, when the country made its first appearance.

The score was locked at 2-2 after regulation and extra-time, with Denis Cheryshev in the 31st minute and Brazil-born Mario Fernandes in the 115th on target for Russian Federation, and Croatia temporarily leading from Andrej Kramaric in the 39th and Domagoj Vida in the 101st. On many occasions, Modric fell back against Denmark, which cut Croatia's supply line to their strikers, and the Real Madrid midfielder would look to avoid hanging in too deep against Russian Federation.

But against Croatia their unbelievable run ended at the quarter-final stage despite taking the lead after 30 minutes.

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The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

Ivan Perisic hit the post for Croatia in a second half they controlled, yet they had to limp on into extra-time, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic providing a scare as he hurt a hamstring late on.

However, Russia found the resources to draw level again, substitute Alan Dzagoev holding up a free-kick for Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute.

He cut in from the left, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and skipped away from a Modric challenge before firing home a superb shot from 25 yards on his left foot.

His hero status, however, lasted all of 20 minutes as he missed a decisive penalty in the shootout, allowing Ivan Rakitic to step up and slot home the victor.

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However, Croatia levelled when Andrej Kramaric headed home Mario Mandzukic's cross.

The teams then traded two scores each before Ivan Rakitic calmly converted the winning penalty.

Domagoj Vida (Croatia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

- There were three headed goals in this match - the most in a World Cup match since Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia in 2002 (five).

And it appears Dalic realised his mistake with extra-time looming as he brought Marcelo Brozovic on for Perisic midway through the second-half, switching to a 4-3-3 which gave both Modric and Rakitic a bit more freedom than they had been afforded and lead to the no.10's Man of the Match display.

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Croatia started the second half more urgent than they did the first and looked the more risky out of the two sides.

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