Croatia bring Russian run to an end

Dejan Lovren- Dejan Lovren confident Croatia can beat Russia in quarter-final and eclipse 1998 heroes by winning World Cup title

Dejan Lovren believes Croatia can win the World Cup Credit Getty Images

The kick off time for the match is 7pm.

Croatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida had earlier found the net, advance to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter Sweden & England battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Denis Cheryshev got Russian Federation off to a brilliant start by marking his return to the starting line-up with yet another contender for goal of the tournament after his stunning efforts against Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage, but Andrej Kramaric equalised just eight minutes later.

World Cup hosts Russian Federation say pressure will be replaced by pleasure and national pride as they bid to sweep past Croatia and into the last four on Saturday. But they can be proud of their efforts, with a run to the last eight exceeding expectations for a side written off as no-hopers before the tournament.

The arrival of the host nation for the final World Cup match at the Fisht Stadium meant by far the most vibrant atmosphere yet at this Black Sea beach resort.

But Croatia were the favourites. Both Luca Modric & Ivan Rakitic didn't see enough of the ball against Denmark, and the Croatia boss may instruct his star midfielders to drop slightly deeper to start to dictate the play.

'We expect a very hard and tough, tight, demanding match, every match at this World Cup is like that, ' Modric said at a post-match press conference, broadcast via FIFATV.

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The hosts went ahead thanks to a bolt from the blue just after the half-hour mark.

Cheryshev scored twice in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game, and was also on target as they defeated Egypt 3-1 in their second group outing. And nestle is exactly what it did when Cheryshev broke the deadlock, curling a wonderful left footed shot into the top corner after playing an inch flawless one-two with Artem Dzyuba.

A first-half strike from Andrej Kramaric and an extra-time header from Domagoj Vida sent the match into a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Sochi on Saturday night.

Kramaric threatened again seven minutes into the second half, although his overhead-kick was comfortably claimed by Akinfeev, who saw Ivan Strinic fire well over the crossbar from 22 yards out on the left in the 58th minute, before the woodwork came to Russia's rescue two minutes later.

Croatia pressed for a late victor, earning a pair of corners, but the game went to extra-time where after four minutes, right-back Sime Vrsaljko picked up an injury and Vedran Corluka became Croatia's fourth sub.

Croatia finally broke the deadlock in the 100th minute when Vida headed home from a Modric corner.

But slack defending allowed Croatia to level eight minutes later. In the 76th minute, Modric and Vrsaljko had shots blocked in the box as Croatia looked for the victor.

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