Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Emmett Rice
July 8, 2018

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

Russis scored the first goal of the match in the 31st minutes through Denis Cheryshev who was assisted by Artem Dzyuba to send the home fans into wide jubilation.

Liverpool's No.6 played the full game in what was a gripping quarter-final tie.

"One of the most important tasks for our team is to contain Modric, because he is a leading player in the Croatian team".

Their first tough competition came against Denmark, as the teams headed to penalties to decide the victor.

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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.

Russian Federation came back into the game five minutes before the end of the extra time as Mario Fernandes scored to force the match into penalties.

But as Croatia broke the stalemate in extra time, all etiquette was out in Sochi, and the now-jacketless Croatian politician bounced up and down next to Medvedev, who looked away, disappointment etched on his face. "It shows when he isn't playing, as Real Madrid are a different team without Luka".

RTÉ soccer analyst Didi Hamann believes that England have the slight edge over Croatia going into their World Cup semi-final. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

They have quickly been embraced as national heroes, with the mayor of Moscow responding by making additional public viewing space available in the city before the match in Sochi's Fisht Stadium.

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