Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

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Medvedev got his revenge when Russian Federation equalized minutes later, but it was Grabar-Kitarovic whose celebrations will be best remembered, as Croatia, a country of 4 million, sealed its place among the top four in the world with a penalty shootout win. The first was against Portugal in 1966 when they went on to win the tournament, hosted in England, they had to wait 24 years till they reached the final four again.

After a lively opening, the game dropped off, with sessions of head tennis in midfield, but it was Russia's more rustic approach which paid off first as they went ahead out of the blue.

Modric, who is 32, has scored two goals at the World Cup so far and saw his extra-time penalty saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before beating him in the penalty shootout.

"The question is, is there another gear?"

Headers from Harry Maguire, from yet another set piece, and Dele Alli took England through to the semi but they had to wait to find out who they'd face.

"That's the question they have to answer and I'm not too sure because for all the good play and the energy Modric is showing, Kramic, Rebic and Pivaric have been pretty toothless".

In a related incident, Federation Internationale de Football Association also issued a warning to Croatia goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, who lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt commemorating a teammate who had died from game-related injuries in 2008.

"They're very clever boys, they're very smart and they needed penalties twice but you've got to appreciate their courage and you've got to appreciate their belief".

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