Croatia vs. Russian Federation final score, recap

Croatia Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic

The lowest-ranked side entering the competition, the hosts had taken a first-half lead though Denis Cheryshev's blast from distance, only for Croatia to equalise through Andrej Kramaric soon after.

It did not take too long for Croatia to get back on track as Mandzukic turned provider for the equaliser, charging down the left and pulling back for an Andrej Kramaric free header from seven yards.

The game went to extra-time with Subasic staying on the pitch despite appearing to injure his hamstring late on in normal time.

Subasic saved Russia's first penalty from Fedor Smolov and, after Russia's Mario Fernandes and Croatia's Mateo Kovacic had failed to convert, Barcelona's Rakitic clinched the second shoot-out win for the Croats, who reached the last for the second time, following 1998. Zlatko Dalić's side has played some of the best football of the tournament and will be looking to emulate the heroes of 1998 who reached the semi-finals of the tournament in their first outing as an independent country.

Croatia, a shadow of the team which cruised through their group with maximum points, won the shootout when Ivan Rakitic calmly netted and they will face England in the semifinals in Moscow on Wednesday.

Preview: Croatia and Russian Federation did just about enough to emerge successful from their respective round of 16 matches but will need to replicate their group stage form and attacking mindset when they clash in Saturday's World Cup quarter-finals in Sochi.

Croatia started to control possession but as they did so well against Spain, Russia was well organised defensively and gave Croatia few openings in the first half an hour.

In the 11th minute of extra-time Domagoj Vida nodded in, before Fernandes brought things level once again.

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But slack defending allowed Croatia to level eight minutes later.

Boasting superstars such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic to mention a few, the Vatreni's squad have been dubbed the golden generation and will be under pressure to deliver.

115 - Goal! Russia 2, Croatia 2.

It was a dramatic end to a see-saw game that finished 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes, and 2-2 after extra-time.

Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shootout.

Cheryshev was Russia's leading scorer at the World Cup with four goals.

Cheryshev scored twice in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game, and was also on target as they defeated Egypt 3-1 in their second group outing. The Croatian team, which played in a dark uniform sporting the national flag as well as the flag of Russian Federation, responded on the 39th minute of the game with a sharp header from forward Andrej Kramaric.

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