A look back at their last semi-final run

Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates scoring their first goal

Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates scoring their first goal

The Russians as hosts did not need to qualify for the World Cup and their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russia, even lower than worldwide football minnows Saudi Arabia.

Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic and Kramaric will lead the line as Dalic looks to go all out attack in their quarterfinal in Sochi tonight.

Previously underrated, even written off before the tournament, they slid past a much-fancied Spain on penalties on Sunday to extend an already implausible jaunt through the competition.

Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during extra time but Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has described the injury as a "niggle".

Modric has been on the front line in painful past failures for the national team, missing a penalty in a shootout as Croatia lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. That's not how Croatia play.

Defender Mario Fernandes, who had brought his side level through a header in the 115th minute, missed what proved to be the decisive spot-kick, with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic making no mistake to send his team into the semi-finals. "They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov.

Denis Cheryshev, who scored his fourth goal of the tournament when he gave Russian Federation the lead with a rasping left-footer from the edge of the box in the 31st minute, said the players left their all on the field. "We saw how good they are from dead balls so we will have to focus more on defending set pieces".

"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match".

Sebastian Vettel hoping to ‘kill Mercedes’ magic’ at British Grand Prix
Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished seventh for Force India, who are now level on points with McLaren and ahead on podiums. Pierre Gasly was 10th for Toro Rosso. "I had the advantage of the tyres, but it was not easy to find a way through".

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who plans to attend a football match between France and Belgium Tuesday, the Kremlin said Monday.

But Fifa said it had studied the video and made a decision to issue a warning to Vida but would take no further measures. Fernandinho's own goal and Kevin De Bruyne got their names on the board in the 13th and 31st minutes, respectivelywhile Renato Augusto of Brazil scored at 76 minutes.

They will face England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier, at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow on Wednesday.

"No other team in the world has fans like we do". Croatia defeated hosts Russian Federation.

And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round.

Gareth Southgate has revealed how the spirit of 1966 is inspiring England's World Cup journey.

The world has its eyes fixed on the big games ahead.

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