Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Fans celebrate Russia's victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match against Spain in Nikolskaya Street

Russia knocked out 2010 World Cup champions Spain in the round of 16 Credit Getty Images

The winners of the last quarter-final will go through to a semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday against England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier. The hosts came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team but began with a bang by beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt 3-1.

Fernandes went from her to villian by dragging his spot-kick wide, before Luka Modric and Sergei Ignashevich exchanged successful penalties.

Goal! Russia 2 (3), Croatia 2 (4).

Andrej Kramaric, the Hoffenheim forward, comes in with Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic dropping out.

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It was third-time lucky for Croatia against a World Cup host team - after defeats to France in the 1998 semis and Brazil in the 2014 tournament opener - thanks to an improved showing after the break when Russia's energy faded in front of 44,287 at Sochi's Fisht Stadium.

But nearly immediately after making their third sub in the 88th minute, Subasic fell to the pitch grabbing his hamstring, and he was forced to continue after receiving treatment and made a save at his near post.

Ivan Perisic hit the post for Croatia in a second half they controlled, yet they had to limp on into extra-time, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic providing a scare as he hurt a hamstring late on.

And nearly immediately afterward, Croatia had their victor. Assisted by Alan Dzagoev with a cross following a set piece situation.

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Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi.

And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia - whose President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was watching from the stands in her country's colours - can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round. They are much more potent in attack compared to Spain and could cause Russian Federation trouble with their quick passing game and crosses aimed for Mandzukic.

Russian Federation became the third World Cup hosts to have their tournament end on penalties, after Mexico in the 1986 quarterfinals and Italy in the 1990 semifinals.

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