Croatia Dump Out Hosts Russia Via Penalties, Set Up Semi-Final Clash Vs England

Croatia Dump Out Hosts Russia Via Penalties, Set Up Semi-Final Clash Vs England

Hosts Russia have been knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a 4-3 penalty shoot-out defeat against Croatia in their quarter-final encounter at the Fischt Olympic Stadium, Sochi on Saturday evening.

The scoreline stood at 2-2 after 120 minutes of nervy but exciting football action.

Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida got the goals for Croatia, while Denis Cheryshev and Mario Fernandes were on target for Russia.

Croatia who will be appearing in the semi-finals for the second time in the history of FIFIA World Cup have now suffered only three defeats in their last 23 outings.

Russia went in front in the 32nd minute through a sublime effort from Cheryshev.

The Villarreal man wrapped his foot around the ball from 25 yards before sending a curling effort past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Croatia rallied back eight minutes later with Kramaric netting the equaliser.

Sergey Ignashevich failed to close down Mario Mandzukic, who chipped the ball into the middle for Kramaric to nod past Igor Akinfeev.

The game went into extra- time with both teams failing to find a winner after 90 minutes.

Croatia’s second goal came from an unlikely source with Vida nodding the ball home from a corner-kick on 101 minutes.

Russia refused to give up and were rewarded for their effort when Brazil-born defender Mario Fernandes equalised through a header on 116 minutes.

In the ensuing penalty shoot-out Croatia converted four, while Russia scored three.

Croatia will face England who defeated Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day in the semi-final on Wednesday.

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  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    Nigerians have a big lesson to learn in this Croatia vs Russia match. But I don’t think some of us have learned though, including our NFF. Because by now, Coach Rohr, coach Salisu Yussuf and coach Alloy Agu should have gone by now.

    “According to Mr. Rohr”
    I think the future is for Nigeria because the spirit is wonderful, big solidarity and you see in these difficult moments how great the spirit in the team is,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

    We have seen that we can win against good teams like Iceland.

    So if I’m not mistaken, Iceland as a “newcomer” is a good team bah?

    Since the coach of Nigeria says that Super Eagles is for the future, Nigerians should forget about Afcon qualifiers.

    Anybody that watched Croatia vs Russia match, would have no choice but to tell NFF that our Super Eagles team head coach and his colleagues must go.

    Eagles lacks confidence when ever playing against big teams. Are they not human like them? Well, that I don’t know. Croatia team that Mr. Rohr has been praising like they were not human,
    Did we see how the Russian team played Croatia? Even, when they were down the coach came to their rescued by shouting at their fans, come on guys I can’t do this alone with my team, I needed your help and support and the fans raised to the occasion and Russia leveled up. Great job coach. Coach Rohr and our indigenous coaches, are you people watching?

    During the Argentina vs Nigeria match,
    Five minutes to go, what was the coach of Nigeria doing? Standing there watching the Argentina’s coach making 2 to 3 substitutions in front of him within 5 minutes and end the end, Argentina went ahead to win the match.

    In today’s match, I couldn’t believed my eyes that Russia can played like that. I saw passion, self confidence, determination and winning mentality in their team but unfortunately, they lost the match through penalties!

    Now, let’s come back to our own team because no place like home.

    Like I said few hours ago and with what Russian coach did in today’s match against Croatia, compared to our coach and the way the team played the last game against Argentina with wrong tactics, which way forward Nigerians?

    Just a question, do we have players out there who are ready to make our nation proud against? I can say yes we have.

    Why they are not given a chance to play for Nigeria? Because Politics game plays a lot in our football. Same thing happened in this year world cup in Eagles final list to Russia 2018 world cup.

    What can we do to solve the problem?
    We must come as a unit so that we can go in one direction. Meanwhile, there’s no future for Eagles if we don’t have a plan.

    Super Eagles coaches had no plan of going far in this year edition, that was why our team came home early in this year world cup. Let’s leave the future alone and do the right thing at the right time because, time is running out. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    Nigerians have a big lesson to learn in this Croatia vs Russia match. But I don’t think some of us have learned though, including our NFF. Because by now, Coach Rohr, coach Salisu Yussuf and coach Alloy Agu should have gone by now.

    “According to Mr. Rohr”
    I think the future is for Nigeria because the spirit is wonderful, big solidarity and you see in these difficult moments how great the spirit in the team is,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

    We have seen that we can win against good teams like Iceland.

    So if I’m not mistaken, Iceland as a “newcomer” is a good team bah?

    Since the coach of Nigeria says that Super Eagles is for the future, Nigerians should forget about Afcon qualifiers.

    Anybody that watched Croatia vs Russia match, would have no choice but to tell NFF that our Super Eagles team head coach and his colleagues must go.

    Eagles lacks confidence when ever playing against big teams. Are they not human like them? Well, that I don’t know. Croatia team that Mr. Rohr has been praising like they were not human,
    Did we see how the Russian team played Croatia? Even, when they were down the coach came to their rescued by shouting at their fans, come on guys I can’t do this alone with my team, I needed your help and support and the fans raised to the occasion and Russia leveled up. Great job coach. Coach Rohr and our indigenous coaches, are you people watching?

    During the Argentina vs Nigeria match,
    Five minutes to go, what was the coach of Nigeria doing? Standing there watching the Argentina’s coach making 2 to 3 substitutions in front of him within 5 minutes and in the end, Argentina went ahead to win the match.

    In today’s match, I couldn’t believed my eyes that Russia can played like that. I saw passion, self confidence, determination and winning mentality in their team but unfortunately, they lost the match through penalties!

    Now, let’s come back to our own team because no place like home.

    Like I said few hours ago and with what Russian coach did in today’s match against Croatia, compared to our coach and the way the team played the last game against Argentina with wrong tactics, which way forward Nigerians?

    Just a question, do we have players out there who are ready to make our nation proud against? I can say yes we have.

    Why they are not given a chance to play for Nigeria? Because Politics game plays a lot in our football. Same thing happened in this year world cup in Eagles final list to Russia 2018 world cup.

    What can we do to solve the problem?
    We must come as a unit so that we can go in one direction. Meanwhile, there’s no future for Eagles if we don’t have a plan.

    Super Eagles coaches had no plan of going far in this year edition, that was why our team came home early in this year world cup. Let’s leave the future alone and do the right thing at the right time because, time is running out. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Whisky 5 months ago

      we lacked the quality at world cup..the boys were not good enough..if we had a player like macello of brazil in our left and right full backs,and good quality striker and one or two sound defender i think we could have progressed.again our bench which is the substitutes were not good enough..so it all goes down to the quality of players tAken to the world cup..apart from one or two players including oghenekaro etebo others should be made to sweat for their positions..we need to rebuid the teAm