Russia's World Cup dream ends with Croatia shootout defeat

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Fernandes then went from hero to villain, the scorer of the equalizing extra-time goal dragging his penalty kick woefully wide, handing Croatia the advantage.

Dzagoev sustained a hamstring injury in the World Cup opening match on June 14 and had to sit out Russia's next three games.

Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida got the goals for Croatia, while Denis Cheryshev and Mario Fernandes were on target for Russian Federation.

- Russian Federation are the first host country to be eliminated at the quarter-final stage of a World Cup since Mexico in 1986. Finally, the visitors would grab the win with an 82 minute Mario Mandžukić strike, a good win for Croatia in their 250 global match. This World Cup campaign is also probably the last time for a cohort of talented players like Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic to sign off with worldwide silverware.

Croatia, having gone close in the 60th minute when Ivan Perisic hit a post, then had the lead in the 11th minute of extra-time as Domagoj Vida nodded in, before Fernandes brought things level late on once again with a header of his own.

Rare chances for Stanislav Cherchesov's team saw Dzyuba head tamely at Danijel Subasic from a 62nd-minute corner, before substitute Aleksandr Erokhin sent his header well over the bar from Fernandes' cross on the right 10 minutes later.

Croatia have scored as many goals in four matches at this year's World Cup (8) as they did in six games in their previous two World Cup appearances in 2006 and 2014 combined.

Russian Federation got off to the worst possible start, with Fedor Smolov's feeble attempt at a Panenka easily saved by Danijel Subasic.

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Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

After Croatia's 2-2 (4-3) victory at the Fisht Stadium, Saturday night seemed to linger on as Fedor Smolov sat alone inside the centre circle, seeking isolation, crying inconsolably.

His players meanwhile probably didn't toast the big win with vodka or other hard liqueur, they will simply need to recover swiftly as they now set their sights on reaching the July 15 final when they meet England in Moscow on Wednesday.

Croatia will now look to go one step further than the great side of 20 years ago, who lost to France in the last four.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said after the game, "The Russia team fought well".

"They've shown character once again", Dalic said.

Croatia pressed for a late victor, earning a pair of corners, but the game went to extra-time where after four minutes, right-back Sime Vrsaljko picked up an injury and Vedran Corluka became Croatia's fourth sub.

"This World Cup has been organized in the best possible way".

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