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Croatia ends Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

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By ITN News Editor July 8, 2018 16:37

Croatia ends Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

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. Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world. In the previous 120 minutes, Denis Cheryshev rifled Russia in front with a long-range thunderbolt, his fourth goal of the tournament, in the 31st minute before Andrej Kramaric headed Croatia level six minutes before halftime.

An impressive England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years after headers by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave them a deserved 2-0 last-eight victory over a disappointing Sweden. Centre back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half. Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to deny Marcus Berg, twice, and Viktor Claesson after the break but England generally looked the more dangerous side and were rewarded when Alli headed the second from a Jesse Lingard cross in the 59th minute.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 8, 2018 16:37

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