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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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