Russian Federation shocked Spain in the last round after drawing 1-1 and then beating them on penalties 4-3.
Croatia sent a fearless Denmark side home via penalties too last Sunday.
The date of the last time an England's men's side played in a semi final of a World Cup.
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Then in 1990 in Italy they beat Cameroon in extra time to head into another semi-final, this time they faced Germany and lost on penalties, the beginning of their long hoodoo from 12 yards. Team Russia has made an appeal to its fans, promising them to do its utmost in Saturday quarterfinals game vs Croatia and to put every effort into victory.
Domagoj Vida scored the second goal for Croatia in the 101st minute after receiving a nice pass from Luka Modric in which Russian Federation goalie Igor Akinfeev was helpless.
FIFA has fined the Croatian soccer federation over $70,000 for violating media and marketing rules at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Akinfeev looked to have saved Luka Modric's penalty but it came back off the inside of the post and span back into the net in cruel manner.
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Denis Cheryshev fired the hosts into a 31st minute lead with a spectacular strike but Andrej Kramaric headed home to make it 1-1 six minutes before the half-time break.
Croatia will now face England in the last four for a place in the final.
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Sweden knocked out Switzerland to set up that England tie, and Federer turned manager to give the Swiss team some advice. It's about how many years have been playing at the top level. "I want to be here to focus on tennis, not eating bugs".