Lovren’s Croatia set up World Cup semi-final with England

Croatia defeat Russia 4-3 on penalties to reach 2018 World Cup semifinal

Croatia won 4-3 on penalties, knocking the host nation out of the tournament after both Fyodor Smolov and Mário Fernandes miss the net. According to a statement from the Federation Internationale de Football Association press service, the fine is related to an incident in which members of the Croatian national team were seen drinking "non-authorized beverage products", that is, drinks that were not officially approved as part of the sponsorship deal for the World Cup.

Fernandes scored off Alan Dzagoev's free kick in the 115th minute, making the home crowd go insane and restoring faith at the time, when it appeared a semifinal berth was slipping away. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

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.

Mario Mandzukic ran unchallenged into the penalty area and chipped a low ball back into the centre where unmarked Kramaric scored with a glancing header.

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Dreams of a Russian World Cup victory are over after they were eliminated in a heartbreaking penalty shootout against Croatia in Sochi but football fans have been full of praise for the hosts, even in defeat.

Domagoj Vida made it 2-1 for Croatia 10 minutes into the second stanza with a fine header that sailed into the bottom corner.

Croatia is the first team to win consecutive penalty shootouts since Argentina in 1990 and it's the first time the host country has lost in a shootout since Italy in the same year.

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