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Sports Croatia beat Russia, reach World Cup semifinal

00:31  08 july  2018
00:31  08 july  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

Croatia ends Iceland's chances at World Cup with 2-1 win

  Croatia ends Iceland's chances at World Cup with 2-1 win Croatia ended Iceland's chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time. Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute winner Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday.

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  • Cheryshev scores stunner
  • Krameric with equalizer for Croatia
  • Vida, Fernandes trade goals in extra time
  • Russia out at quarterfinal stage

Croatia beat Russia on penalty kicks to reach the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup following a dramatic 2-2 draw after extra time in Sochi.

Denis Cheryshev put Russia ahead with a stunner but Andrej Krameric equalized soon after and Domagoj Vida nodded home in the 100th minute it seemed like Russia’s fairytale run was over… Bruno Fernandes then headed home in the 115th minute to take it to penalty kicks.

Both Fernandes and Fyodor Smolov missed from the spot, with Croatia winning 4-3 on penalty kicks to advance.

Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup

  Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup Fielding a side filled with reserves, Croatia ended Iceland's first ever World Cup run with a 2-1 win in Rostov-on-Don. Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53th minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

Croatia now face England in the semifinals in Moscow on Wednesday, as they’ve reached the semifinals for just the second time in their World Cup history.

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Russia took the lead in sensational fashion as Cheryshev won the ball, surged forward and then curled home a stunning effort into the top corner to make it 1-0.

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