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Croatia provided a dagger to the hearts of Russian Federation with a dramatic penalty shootout win in their quarterfinal in Sochi to bring an end to the hosts' heroic run in their home World Cup.

Russia's defender Fyodor Kudryashov (C) reacts as his team miss a penalty during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on July 7, 2018.

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England. Croatia entered the World Cup semis for the first time since 1998, where they will face England on July 11, 2018.

At 21:00 at the stadium in Sochi started the match between Russian Federation and Croatia in the framework of 1/4 of final of world football Championship.

President Vladimir Putin did not attend the game, but watched it remotely, saying the players were heroes despite the defeat and the country was proud of them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by Interfax. In the ensuing penalty shootout, both Danijel Subasic and Igor Akinfeev made one save each and Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty that took Croatia to just their second semi-final in its independent history.

But Croatia's Andrej Kramaric quieted things nine minutes later, heading in a Mario Mandzukic cross from the edge of the six-yard box.

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His first, in the opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia would most likely finish third on this list for its simpler finish, but Cheryshev had the most handsome of first touches, delicately flicking it up over the sliding defender, taking another touch before firing it home and doubling Russia's lead.

In overtime, the teams again exchanged goals - View closed giving Modric from the corner, and Fernandez five minutes before the final whistle effectively played on the second floor and brought Russian Federation a penalty shoot-out.

Croatia would not miss again, with FC Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scoring the victor into the bottom left of the goal.

"This was my last World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my soccer career", Ignashevich said in a video posted on social media.

Croatia's adjustment from their win against Denmark, also on penalties, was former Leicester striker Kramaric replacing Marcelo Brozovic. Croatia, a shadow of the team which cruised through their group with maximum points, went ahead when Vida met a corner with a weak downward header which found its way through two sets of legs and rolled into the net.

In the shootout, Smolov's feeble shot was saved by Subasic and Fernandes hit wide. With no goal coming, the match went into 30-minute extra time. It's the first time we're in the quarter finals in a very long time. And his header late in extra-time carried Russia's fairytale further than seemed credible, an equaliser for 2-2, and into a second successive penalty shoot-out.

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