With a great performance from injured goalkeeper Danjel Subasic, Croatia defeated Russia 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out, after tying two goals in regulation time, and got its ticket to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup Russia.
Russia and Croatia gave a show worthy of a quarterfinal match of a World Cup. At the begining they did not manage to leave the midfield, but as the game progressed, they generated dangerous shots for the different goals.
The Russians got the lead with Denis Cheryshev's goal in the 31st minute, but the joy lasted for eight minutes, when Andrej Kramaric tied the scoreboard.
In the final minutes, goalkeeper Danjel Subasic suffered a muscle injury in one of his legs and had to play the rest of the match in diminished conditions but taking timely saves to prevent his goal from falling.
Russians and Croats had to resort to added time to try to define the match and get the ticket to the semifinals.
In that instance, Domagoj Vida headed a corner kick taken by Luka Modric in the 100th minute.
With five minutes to go before the end of the extra time, the Brazilian naturalized Mario Fernandes, headed off a foul taken by Alan Dzagoev to tie and define the game in the shootout from the penalty spot.
In penalties, Russia failed on two occasions, one of them with a great Subasic save, for Croatia to finish taking the victory with a score of 4-3 and a ticket to the semifinals that they had not achieved for 20 years.