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Croatia end World Cup run of hosts Russia on penalties in quarters
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Croatia ended Russia's fairy-tale World Cup run in the quarter-finals, ลิ้ ง sbo beating the hosts 4-3 on penalties in Sochi on Saturday to set up a semi-final date with England.Danijel 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 Ivan Rakitic clinched a the win.It was a second shoot-out win at these finals for the Croats, who reached the last for just their second time, ลิ้ ง sbo  emulating the 1998 side.And it was third time lucky for Croatia against a World Cup host nation - after defeats to France in the 1998 semis and Brazil in the 2014 tournament opener - in front of 44,287 at Sochi's Fisht Stadium.The score was locked at 2-2 after extra-time, with Denis Cheryshev in the 31st minute and Brazil-born Mario Fernandes in the 115th on target for Russia, and Croatia's goals coming from Andrej Kramaric in the 39th and Domagoj Vida in the 101st.Russia did not manage to emulate the Soviet Union team of 1966, who reached the semi-finals.But Stanislav Cherchesov's team, ranked 70th in the world, exceeded all expectations, not only by surviving the group but by beating 2010 champions Spain on penalties in the last 16. After the stadium recovered from the stunned silence that followed the shoot-out, the team got a warm applause on its exit.Croatia will now hope to go one better than they did 20 years ago when they meet England on Wednesday at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the July 15 final in the same arena. ลิ้ ง sbo
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