Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

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Hosts Russia and Croatia were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes in Saturday's last World Cup quarter-final at Sochi's Fisht Stadium and the teams will now play extra time.

The match began when Croatian fans started to re-enact their own version of Iceland's "Viking thunder-clap" - you know, the one where they all clap really slowly and chant in flawless unison.

Danijel Subasic's save on Fedor Smolov's penalty made him only the third goalkeeper in history to save four penalties in World Cup shootouts (He had saved three against Denmark in the round of 16 shootout).

Although Russia failed to book a semi-final encounter with England, Cherchesov claimed Putin was impressed by their display. The winners of those game advance to the final, set for Sunday, July 15.

FIFA has fined the Croatian soccer federation over $70,000 for violating media and marketing rules at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. We've succeeded but I believe we can make further steps forward.

Having edged past Denmark on penalties in the last 16, Croatia overcame hosts Russian Federation in another dramatic shootout.

At 1-1, Fernandes missed his shot - only the second player to miss in any of the four shootouts at this year's World Cup.

"We should have finished the job before penalties but maybe it's written in the stars we have to go through the extra drama", said Luka Modric, whose penalty bounced off Akinfeev's hand and the post before entering the other side of the net.

Dalic also explained why he had been overcome with emotion after Ivan Rakitic sent Croatia through.

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from a distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later. "We gave everything we could".

Fernandes then went from hero to villain, the scorer of the equalizing extra-time goal dragging his penalty kick woefully wide, handing Croatia the advantage.

Denis Cheryshev scored four goals in five games for Russian Federation.

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