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Russian Federation v Croatia quarter-final

Russian Federation v Croatia quarter-final

The hosts had a dream start as Denis Cheryshev with a stunner gave Russian Federation the lead in the 31st minute.

In a related incident, Federation Internationale de Football Association also issued a warning to Croatia goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, who lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt commemorating a teammate who had died from game-related injuries in 2008.

The win ends a 20-year wait for Croatia to play in the semi final of the World Cup.

Few matches at the 2018 World Cup had as much drama or back-and-forth action than Saturday's quarterfinal between Croatia and Russian Federation.

Vida came unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and his header managed to bounce through traffic and roll into the net to give the Croatians the advantage in the 101st minute.

While Russia also started well in Saturday's energy-sapping quarter-final duel against Croatia, they ran out of steam and ended bowing out against the Luka Modric-led side.

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Tied after 90 minutes, the game went to extra-time, and Croatia took a big step towards sealing victory after defender Domagoj Vida headed his team 2-1 up from a corner kick. "I expected to see him today, but I hope to see him soon.".

As far as the game itself, watchers marveled at Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić, who suffered an apparent hamstring injury yet kept playing. He was replaced by Vedran Corluka, the team's fourth substitution, meaning Croatia can't sub Subasic if the match goes to penalties. Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

Eight minutes (and two yellow cards) later Croatia responded with a 39-minute goal from Andrej Kramarić.

Following a few missed opportunities, Croatia had to settle for a chance to win the match in extra time. There was not a single national team in the World Cup that had the complete trust of their country.

Croatia sent a fearless Denmark side home via penalties too last Sunday.

"It wasn't a handsome game, but it was a battle", Dalic said.