Euphoric Croatia aiming to party like it's 1998 against Russian Federation

Croatia’s Luka Modric during training

Croatia ended Russia's unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time on Saturday.

With the crowd silenced following an extra-time header from Croatia defender Domagoj Vida in the 101st minute, Russian Federation defender Mario Fernandes scored with his own header in the 115th to send the match to yet another penalty shootout.

Croatia appeared to have the tie in the bag after Vida's extra-time goal until Fernandes rose to head in a free kick and send both teams to their second penalty shootout of the tournament. Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 and Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties in the round of 16.

Dalic's side now face England, who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow. "We've already accomplished something big, but we want to do more", he told reporters.

At 1-1, Fernandes missed his shot - only the second player to miss in any of the four shootouts at this year's World Cup.

Speaking on RTÉ Television, Hamann said: "They'll be going into the semi-final full of confidence". It goes to extra time.

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Russia's unlikely World Cup run has captured the imagination of the nation, with celebrations the length and breadth of the country after each of the team's wins in the tournament. "It is a goal in the World Cup". "We gave everything we could".

Ivan Rakitic has expressed his shock at seeing former Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta left out of Spain's line-up for their final World Cup match, saying the omission "hurt a lot".

He said: "We feel like conscripts, when they come to just before they have done their two-year (national) service, like those a bit demoralised who wanted to stay in the army for some more time longer".

"Putin phoned Cherchesov prior to the game on Saturday and wished him success", Peskov said.

"[Putin] watched, he was rooting for the team".

Denis Cheryshev put the hosts ahead with a stunning 20-yard strike, but they required a 115th-minute header from Mario Fernandes to take the game to spot-kicks after goals from Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida.

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