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Russian Federation 2 Croatia 2 (aet, 3-4 on penalties)

Russian Federation 2 Croatia 2 (aet, 3-4 on penalties)

Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed on Sunday that Vida has been given a warning , meaning the defender will be available for selection when Croatia face England in Wednesday's second World Cup semi-final.

Croatia thought they had won it when Domagoj Vida struck from a corner in the 100th minute only for Fernandes to force penalties with a dramatic headed equaliser.

Croatia were agonisingly close to scoring on the hour when Russia's defence failed to clear the ball and Ivan Perisic's shot hit the inside of the post but rebounded harmlessly across the face of the goal.

And will goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, the shoot-out hero against Denmark and Russian Federation, be fully fit after appearing to injure his hamstring late in the game against Russian Federation?

"I think we are underdogs from Day 1 and it's good for us", Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. "But thank God we've shown our character".

The players and head coach Stanislav Cherchesov have been invited by Putin to "to sum up the results of the championship and discuss Russia's World Cup heritage", Peskov told Russian news agency TASS on Sunday. Modric had a hand in setting up Croatia's extra time goal, converted from the penalty spot in the shootout, and worked his socks off in orchestrating his team's attack over 120 minutes. I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much. The most immediate worry appears to be starting right back Sime Vrsaljko, who had to be replaced during extra time, walking slowly off the field with an apparent leg injury.

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As the second half got underway Croatian striker Kramarić went for the overhead kick - it was no Ronaldo performance - especially seeing as it went straight to Russian keeper, Igor Akinfeev. At that point, Subasic had to go the rest of the way for the Croatians.

Subasic didn't need to win the shootout the same way he did against Denmark, when his three saves were the reason the Croatian team advanced. Ultimately, the players responsible for the anti-Serbian provocation were finned rather than banned in the following match. "They've given us belief that we are a genuine footballing country".

Out of Belgium, France, England and Croatia, who will book their place in the final on July 15? We're giving our all.

Russia President Vladimir Putin was understood to have watched the match with a Kremlin report later saying he was "proud" of the team. We'll have to improve that element of our game.

These are two exciting European sides with great futures ahead of them.


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