Croatia defeat Russia 4-3 on penalties to reach 2018 World Cup semifinal

Croatia defeat Russia 4-3 on penalties to reach 2018 World Cup semifinal

- Croatia make it to their second World Cup final after beating Russia 4-3 on penalties

- Croatia will meet England in the semi final

Russia who are the hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup have been bundled out of the championship after losing 4-3 on penalties to Croatia on Saturday, July 7, in their quarterfinal game.

The regulation time ended 2-2 before Croatia sealed their qualification to the last four of the tournament winning on penalties.

Croatia defeat Russia 4-3 on penalties to reach 2018 World Cup semifinal

Luka Modric featured in a record 19th tournament appearnce for Croatia. Photo credit: Getty Images

Russia 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.

But Croatia restored parity in the 39th minute when Mario Mandzukic provided a superb cross for Andrej Kramaric to score via an header.

The 90 minutes ended 1-1 before the referee signaled for the start of the extra time.

Croatia defeat Russia 4-3 on penalties to reach 2018 World Cup semifinal

Russia would have been proud of themselves having exceeded expectations. Photo credit: Getty Images

Domagoj Vida scored the second goal for Croatia in the 101st minute after receiving a nice pass from Luka Modric in which Russia goalie Igor Akinfeev was helpless.

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

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored the last penalty for Croatia to send them to the semifinal. They will face England on Wednesday.

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