Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday (Jul 7) to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England.
Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic probably won't shuffle his starting XI much.
Rakitic slotted home the winning kick against Denmark in the last 16 and once again held his nerve to convert from the spot, with Mario Fernandes going from hero to villain by missing from 12 yards after his 115th-minute header had made it 2-2 deep into extra time.
An exhausted and relieved Croatia side - only the second team to win consecutive shootouts in a single World Cup after Argentina in 1990 - will now advance to face England in the semifinals on Wednesday.
In the previous 120 minutes, Denis Cheryshev rifled Russian Federation in front with a long-range thunderbolt, his fourth goal of the tournament, in the 31st minute before Andrej Kramaric headed Croatia level six minutes before halftime.
The crowd erupted, but Croatia were undeterred and equalised just eight minutes later. In case, Croatia go with three-man midfield, one of Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic may get a place.
Croatia's players were delirious when they struck in extra time.
After a lively start to the second half, Ivan Perisic should have sent Croatia ahead on the hour-mark but his low strike from the edge of the box crashed against the post.
It was therefore little surprise when the game slipped into the extra time period, with the tie having now developed into a slow, tepid encounter.
Yuri Gazinskiy became Russia's third substitutes, coming in for Dzyuba, but Croatia almost ran into trouble after making two more subs, Josip Pivaric and Mateo Kovacic on for Ivan Strinic and Kramaric. Mario Fernandes (Russia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
It was then left to Rakitic to send Croatia through to their first semi-final for 22 years, which he duly did to end Russia's fairytale campaign at their home World Cup.
Fernandes went from her to villian by dragging his spot-kick wide, before Luka Modric and Sergei Ignashevich exchanged successful penalties.
Au lieu de coopérer, Londres préfère créer de la confusion et intimider ses propres citoyens", a tweeté l'ambassade. La police anti-terroriste a été associée à l'enquête, à titre "procédural", a indiqué Scotland Yard.
Les services de secours essayaient de sauver des habitants réfugiés sur les toits de leurs maisons en grande partie sous les eaux. L'agence de météo a placé en alerte maximale plusieurs régions mettant en garde contre des risques très grands de dégâts majeurs.
Wilson's future looks likely to be away from Liverpool for this season, but a move to Celtic looks dead in the water. They want to send him out on loan to a club who would guarantee him regular first-team action.
Vettel was first to clock a track record and it kept falling as drivers took advantage of soft tires on the new asphalt track. Williams has only four points this season and Harris acknowledged on Friday she had been "dreading" the team's home race.
Cristhian (Stuani) comme Maxi (Gomez) ont essayé de le remplacer de la meilleure des manières, ils ont fait leur maximum. Depuis 2010, l'Uruguay n'a pas gagné un seul de ses quatre matches de Coupe du Monde disputés sans l'un ou l'autre .
The way the draw has opened up for England is a massive carrot for them, and I think they will continue their progress. David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have upped the stakes on Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.
De Bruyne, sur coup franc, puis Kompany forçaient Alisson à la parade juste avant la pause sifflée sur ce sensationnel 0-2. Cueilli à froid, le Brésil a multiplié les offensives: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Paulinho, Coutinho Marcelo, Willian...
Il s'avère que le Mexique , notamment la ville de Tultepec est endeuillée par de nombreux accidents similaires. C'est rageant parce que nos collègues pompiers (.) finissent par perdre leur vie en sauvant ces gens".
Rioting and vehicle burnings also occurred in the areas of Dervallieres and Malakoff. "There was only the one gunshot". The riot-hit districts of Nantes - Bellevue, Dervallieres, Malakoff and Breil - all have a history of gang violence.
Djokovic, Nadal advance; Cilic exits
Sharan and Sitak eked out a 7-6 (4) 6-7 (8) 6-3 6-2 win in two hours and 41 minutes to book a second round berth. Not because of time violation. "Hopefully it's nothing that will concern me", said Djokovic.
England beat Sweden to reach semi-finals
The first of those three games saw the Three Lions take on Sweden in Samara in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon. It was a sign of what was to come - direct balls, long throws, pressing - but those basic tactics didn't trouble England .
England vs. Sweden final score, recap
The Daily Telegraph : "After winning a World Cup match via a penalty shoot-out, we are officially daring to dream". As they march forward to the semi-finals, Beckham can start readying himself for a trip to London with Ibrahimovic.