Croatia beat hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties after the teams were level at 2-2 following extra time in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday and will meet England in the semi-finals.
Croatia defender Domagoj Vida put them 2-1 ahead from a Luka Modric corner in the first period of extra time but Russia's Mario Fernandes headed an equaliser with five minutes remaining, much to the delight of the partisan crowd at the Fisht Stadium.
Earler, Denis Cheryshev scored a lead for Russua with swerving left-footer from the edge of the box for Russia in the 31st minute of normal time. Soon, an unmarked Andrej Kramaric headed in a cross from Mario Mandzukic eight minutes later to restore parity.
With this win, Croatia repeated the history that happened 20 years ago. In 1998 World Cup, Croatia had been beaten by France, who eventually became the title-holders. Croatia will play England, who earlier beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday. UNI-Reuters