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World Cup 2018 Final Predictions After Quarterfinal Results

09 July, 2018, 04:08 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrates with team mates after scoring the deciding penalty

Croatia have beaten hosts Russian Federation 4-3 in a penalty shootout to advance to a Fifa World Cup semifinal against England.

Croatia came from behind in Sochi with Andrej Kramaric cancelling out Denis Cheryshev's opener as the tie ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Russian Federation entered the World Cup without having won a match at the tournament since 2002 and with the lowest ranking of the 32 teams, but suddenly the host nation couldn't stop winning.

In the text titled "The World Cup final will include one of these teams - England, Croatia, Sweden, Russia".

"I just feel you need four at the top level so we'll be looking at one, but we won't rush into that", said Warnock when speaking to BBC Sport Wales.

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"We hope that this miracle, this luck won't leave our team". We lost in a fair and great game.

That Croatia side hammered Germany 3-0 to reach the semis in France, and Dalic is looking for a similar result on Saturday.




"Vladimir Putin talked to me during the day and he called me right now, and congratulated me on a very good game", Cherchesov said.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made some important saves, despite nursing a leg injury in the latter stages of the contest, while Ivan Rakitic showed his composure to score his side's winning penalty in a shoot-out for a second straight match. "Now, we have to get together and continue this way, for our great fans".

The Croatians were also taken to the wire by Denmark.

After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player.

But with five minutes to go before the end of extra time Mario Fernandes scored to force penalties.

With the semifinals and the final yet to be played, the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup have already produced 35 goals, three more than the entire knockout phase four years ago in Brazil.

That suggests it has had difficulty putting away its opponents, but it also means it is excelling during the biggest moments. 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.

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