Russia vs. Croatia || Video Highlights & Goals

Written off in the build-up as one of the worst sides in the country’s history, Russia have gone further than ever before as an independent nation at a World Cup, reaching the final eight for the first time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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Two of three teams to progress from the round of 16 on penalties, neither Russia nor Croatia looked overly convincing against Spain and Denmark – but both showed unyielding defence in the face of stern attack to help draw their games past extra-time.

Team news now and it is just a single change from Stanislav Cherchesov, the unlikely mastermind of Russia’s run to the last eight. A calf problem for Yuri Zhirkov means top scorer Denis Cheryshev comes back in having been dropped for the tie with Spain.

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As for Croatia, they too make a single swap, as Zlatko Dalic prefers Andrej Kramaric over Marcelo Brozovic, the former scoring a penalty in the 3-2 shoot-out win over Denmark after coming off the bench in extra-time.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Russia (4-2-3-1): Igor Akinfeev; Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Fedor Kudryashov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.

Subs: Yuri Gazinskiy, Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Granat, Andrey Semenov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Yuri Zhirkov, Vladimir Gabulov, Igor Smolnikov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Alan Dzagoev.

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Croatia (4-2-3-1): Danijel Subasic; Ivan Strinic, Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic; Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic; Mario Mandzukic.

Subs: Tin Jedvaj, Filip Bradaric, Lovre Kalinic, Mateo Kovacic, Marko Pjaca, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Duje Caleta-Car, Vedran Corluka, Dominik Livakovic, Josip Pivaric.

Stream Russia vs. Croatia highlights and goals in HD/MP4 format below.

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