Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout

Croatia train in Sochi

Croatia train in Sochi

There was joy for Dejan Lovren as Croatia set up a World Cup semi-final with England after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Russian Federation on Saturday night.

His hero status, however, lasted all of 20 minutes as he missed a decisive penalty in the shootout, allowing Ivan Rakitic to step up and slot home the victor.

The date of the last time an England's men's side played in a semi final of a World Cup. The Croatians lost to France in the semis 20 years ago.

Modric, who is 32, has scored two goals at the World Cup so far and saw his extra-time penalty saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before beating him in the penalty shootout.

England head into semi-finals after win over Sweden
I think England will prevail here, against a side that might struggle to break well against Southgate's three-man defence. The major threat is clearly Emil Forsberg , the left-sided midfielder who has impressed for RB Leipzig.

Despite playing a part in eliminating Spain in the round of 16, the official La Liga Twitter account has hailed Denis Cheryshev for his stunning goal which opened the scoring in Russia's quarter-final tie with Croatia.

As the second half got underway Croatian striker Kramarić went for the overhead kick - it was no Ronaldo performance - especially seeing as it went straight to Russian keeper, Igor Akinfeev. He also watched Mario Fernandes shot miss the goal wide left in the third round.

Croatia will play England, who earlier beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

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