Injured goalie saves Croatia as Russian Federation beaten in Fifa World Cup quarterfinals

Colombia vs England

Colombia vs England

Croatia overcame a late injury to goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to defeat Russian Federation on a penalty shootout in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, ending the host nation's fairy-tale run while prolonging their own.

The Croatian players were quick to take back the initiative in the game and by the middle of the first half they registered the ball possession at nearly 70% against Russia's slim 30%.

Iniesta replaced David Silva after 67 minutes of the game, which ended in a penalty shoot-out victory for the hosts after a 1-1 extra-time draw.

Fast forward just over 28 years and on Wednesday evening in Moscow they will play one again.

Cheryshev's troops were pressurising the Croats looking for the equaliser but the Vatreni managed to go into the break of extra time leading 2-1. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

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David Moyes has said that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is England's best option between the sticks for the remainder of the World Cup .

Danijel Subasic's save on Fedor Smolov's penalty made him only the third goalkeeper in history to save four penalties in World Cup shootouts (He had saved three against Denmark in the round of 16 shootout).

Eight minutes (and two yellow cards) later Croatia responded with a 39-minute goal from Andrej Kramarić.

The game was hardly the most exciting 120 minutes of football, although it was still better than France vs Denmark, and the teams couldn't be separated in "normal" time.

The hosts have surprised everyone at this World Cup and will look to continue that.

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".

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