Sports Croatia beat Russia, reach World Cup semifinal

00:31  08 july  2018
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MOSCOW -- Croatia has beaten host Russia 4-3 in a penalty shootout to advance to a World Cup semifinal against England. The quarterfinal at Sochi was tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time, forcing both Croatia and host Russia to a shootout for the second consecutive game.

Hosts Russia and Croatia were level at 2-2 after extra time in Saturday's last World Cup quarter-final at Sochi's Fisht Stadium after extra time. The winners will play England in the semi - finals at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

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Croatia beat Russia on penalty kicks to reach the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup following a dramatic 2-2 draw after extra time in Sochi.

Denis Cheryshev put Russia ahead with a stunner but Andrej Krameric equalized soon after and Domagoj Vida nodded home in the 100th minute it seemed like Russia’s fairytale run was over… Bruno Fernandes then headed home in the 115th minute to take it to penalty kicks.

Both Fernandes and Fyodor Smolov missed from the spot, with Croatia winning 4-3 on penalty kicks to advance.

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England beat Sweden to reach first World Cup semi in 28 years. It was a much more talented side than today’s lot, who’re a game away from a World Cup semifinal . Russia will take solace in the fact that when World Cup hosts reach the quarters, they usually make the semis .

Croatia now face England in the semifinals in Moscow on Wednesday, as they’ve reached the semifinals for just the second time in their World Cup history.

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Russia took the lead in sensational fashion as Cheryshev won the ball, surged forward and then curled home a stunning effort into the top corner to make it 1-0.

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