Croatia qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup by beating Russia 4-3 on penalties on Saturday at the Fichte Olympic Stadium in Sochi in the last quarterfinals. Real Madrid midfielder Denis Cherchev gave Russia the lead in the 31st minute and Croatian striker Andri Kramaric equalized for Croatia in the 39th minute.
The original time ended in a positive draw with one goal to take advantage of additional time. Turkish defender Dumajov Vida scored a goal for the Croatian team in the 101st minute, and CSKA Moscow defender Mario Fernandez equalized in the 115th minute. Neither team managed to score a last-minute winner and the extra time ended with a 2-2 draw to be the final word through Croatia’s 4-3 penalty shootout.
Croatia will meet in the semi-finals on Wednesday with their English side, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day. The other match in the semifinals between France and BelgiumWorld Cup 2018,World Cup,Football,Sport on Tuesday. Russia qualified for the Round of 16 by the end of the Group A with six points from beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt 3-1 and a 3-0 loss to Uruguay.
In the Round of 16, Russia beat Spain 4-3 by penalties after the end of the original and extra time in the 1-1 draw. Croatia was fourth in Group D with nine points from Nigeria 2-0, Argentina 3-0, and Iceland 2-1. In the knockout round, Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties after the end of the original and extra time in the 1-1 draw.
Russia participated in the World Cup seven times under the name of the Soviet Union in the years 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986 and 1990 and participate for the fourth time after the disintegration of the Soviet Union after qualifying for the championship in 1994, 2002 and 2014.
The most notable result of the Soviet team in the World Cup was the fourth place in the 1966 edition. But since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Russian team has never crossed the group stage. Croatia will participate in the World Cup for the fifth time after participating in the tournament in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2014.
Croatia’s best result in the World Cup was the third in the 1998 edition. The two teams met three times before, where Croatia once won and draw a tie between them.
The game began with offensive pressure from the Russian team in search of an early goal, which was almost achieved by Denis Cherchev, who received a great pass inside the penalty area, but the Croatian defense enters the moment of the shot to miss a serious opportunity for the owners of the ground.
The Croatian team responded with a serious attack as Ante Rebecca snatched the ball from the Russian defense and fired a powerful shot, but goalkeeper Igor Akiniviev stopped him. The Croatian team launched a new attack ended with a strong header from the rebate, but the ball passed directly above the crossbar.
Croatia had a chance to score the goal after a quarter of an hour when the team had a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area, but Ivan Rakitic hit the ball.
Croatia took control of the game in the first 20 minutes as the team relied on the penetration from the depth with playing on the sides to impose a constant threat to the goal of the owners of the land, while Russia played a defensive plan based on rapid counter-attacks did not bother Croatian goalkeeper Daniel Sobacic Much.
Ivan Perisic came close to a goal in Croatia in the 28th minute after receiving a neat pass from Simi Forsalico to head his head but the ball went past the Russian goal. A dangerous chance for the Russian team came through a free-range shot from close range by Denis Cherchev strong but Croatian goalkeeper Daniel Subasic grabbed the ball twice.
Chereshiev made a surprise start to Russia in the 31st minute after cutting the ball in the middle of the pitch and sharing the pass with Artem Dziuba before firing a shot with his left foot from outside the box and made its way to the net.
Chirchev almost scored the second goal for him and for Russian literature after the ball was prepared directly in front of the goal, but quick to pay to pass the ball next to the net. Six minutes from the end of the first half, Andrei Kramaric equalized for Croatia following a quick counter-attack that ended with Mario Mandzukic, who sent a perfect cross that Kramaric headed with a header.
The last minutes passed in a state of enthusiasm on the part of the players of the two teams in search of scoring the goal of progress but there was no change in the level of the result to end the first half with a positive draw for a goal. The second half began as a priority for Croatia, who sought in the first few minutes to score the goal and already managed to put their Russian counterpart under constant pressure but without real danger to goalkeeper Akiniev.
Kramaric was close to scoring his second goal and his country from a double shot but the ball was easy in the arms of the Russian goalkeeper. Russia coach Stanislav Cherchov made his first change by pulling out Alexander Demidov and pushing Alexander Yerokhin.
The Croatian side missed the 60th minute with a pass from Karamaric just in front of the goal and the Russian defense failed to deal with it to reach the ball to Pericić to deliver a powerful ball but the right-hand position of Lakeview stopped him on the lookout.
The Russian team received a serious opportunity after a right corner Artem Dziuba met with his head, but Subasic steadfastly blocked the ball.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić made his first change with Pericic leaving and Marcelo Prozovic out. Croatia took full control of the game in the first 20 minutes of the second half