Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann will nearly certainly all be around in four years' time, but for Belgium, this World Cup has to be their moment.

But is was the Croatians that once again found the heart to advance, after a save from keeper Danijel Subasic, and a miss from Fernandes, led to Ivan Rakitic ending the second straight match with his winning penalty. France will take on Belgium in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

Thousands of fans have gathered in Moscow to welcome back the Russian team after its narrow loss in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup.

"The English side are great and for that reason we have to show even more than we've already signed", the Liverpool defender said.

Kevin De Bruyne is the best ginger in world football.

Having a focal point like Romelu Lukaku helps, but the ingenuity of Kevin De Bruyne often makes the difference.

At this stage the goal power of Belgium, they have scored 14 goals in five games, gives them the edge and they reach their first World Cup final with a 2-1 win over the French. Subasic battled on, blocking a shot from a tight angle late in second-half stoppage time.

England, which will play in all-white kit Wednesday in Moscow, follows Russian Federation in the quarterfinals and Denmark in the round of 16 as Croatia's opponents.

England kept alive the dreams of all its fans, who continue to sing, "It's coming home", while Croatia became the first team in nearly three decades to win penalty shootouts in consecutive rounds.

Subasic in particular would be a massive blow as Croatia need all hands on deck to shut out Harry Kane, the leading scorer in the tournament.

Croatia's shooters did enough that Ivan Rakitic's successful penalty was the victor and set off another wild celebration with Subasic on the bottom of the pile.

But Rakitic jumped to the defence of his midfield co-star after the match.

"We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 - what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive".

England kept their first clean sheet in Russian Federation against Sweden, but Gareth Southgate's back three will get a severe workout against Mario Mandzukic and the much-improved Ante Rebic, who could curtail Kieran Trippier's upfield forays.

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