The end of the course, therefore, for Russia. Announced by many unable to pass the first round of their World Cup, the “Sbornaya” did not go far from the last four. Already winners in Spain’s previous round after the shots on goal, Tchertchessov’s men failed this time to triumph over the fatal session.
The Russians had made a good start. Muzzling the Croat midfielder, so stirring in the first round of the World Cup, the hosts opened the scoring in the half hour of play by Denis Cheryshev, author of a striking marvel from the outside of the surface. The advantage lasted only ten minutes. Before returning to the Dressing Room, Adrej Kramaric equalized, taking advantage of a good work by Mario Mandzukic.
1-1 at halftime. The score will not change until the end of the first 90 minutes. It makes sense in a match where Croatia has not been able to deploy its game and has even made some fears about the Russian-LED opponents. The rift will come in the 101st minute. Masked by his defenders, keeper Igor Afinkeev could do nothing about Domagoj Vida’s head. Not enough to validate his ticket in the semifinals : five minutes before the end, Mario Fernandes catapulted a head in the Croatian nets. 2-2 at the 120th minute. It’s time for shots on goal.
A Croatian hero against the Danes in the eighth, Danijel Subasic once again wore his own. On the first Russian attempt, the Monegasque was not fooled by Smolov who, confident, tried a panenka. After Kovacic’s failure, Subasic will win another crucial duel… without doing anything. Author of equalization in overtime, Fernandes crossed his mark too much and condemned Russia.
Qualified for the second time in a shootout, Croatia will meet England in the semifinals, the earlier winner from Sweden. The other poster will be between France and Belgium.