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GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL! Russia 1 Croatia 1
It's coming alive now! Russia manager Cherchesov is furious. Mandzukic has so much time and space on the left, cuts it back and Kramaric flicks his head to level it up.
35 mins - Russia 1 Croatia 0
That was properly astonishing by Denis Cheryshev. An absolute rocket, laid off to him by Dzyuba. Croatia stunned, everyone is to be fair. Dzyuba then wins a foul as Lovren goes into the book.
GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL! Russia 1 Croatia 0
What a strike by Cheryshev! Goodness me. He's clattered that with his left foot from the edge of the box.
Cheryshev. Had to be, didn’t it?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) 7 July 2018
31 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Cheryshev trying to bend in a free-kick from out wide but it sails over everybody. Dzyuba then commits a foul. He can't help being an actual giant to be fair.
28 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
This could do with livening up a bit. Slow going the last few minutes.
Who would England rather face based on the the first half hour? Definitely Russia. Guided headed by Perisic drifts well wide.
24 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Pressure on Russia has subsided a bit, riding out that spell. No shots on target yet, by the way.
21 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Really amazing noise any time Russia get a sniff of a break, which as you can see are proving to be rather rare.
18 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Croatia definitely a little exposed down that left side. Fernandes and Samedov combining well.
Sidenote: This Croatia kit is probably my favourite at the tournament.
16 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Gliding run by Rebic, holding off three players, fouled on the edge of the box. Rakitic lining this one up... over the bar, never got hold of it.
14 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Half chance up the other end for Russia but Samedov's cross is cleared away. That's a rare bit of respite.
11 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Vrsaljko's low cross from the right should be turned by Mandzukic! Miscued that badly. Croatia right on top.
9 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Cheap foul by Samedov on Rakitic. He pumps a free-kick long to nearly put in Mandzukic but Russia clear. No disrespect to the hosts, but I'll be stunned if Croatia don't score at some stage.
6 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
There's the danger for Russia. Perisic gets the ball wide left, switched to the right and Rebic's shot is blocked. Corner.
Deep by Modric to Lovren who heads back across, put over by Rebic.
4 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Russia early on targeting that left flank defended by Ivan Strinic. Golovin battling hard to keep the ball in gets a cross the way of Golovin, before Dzyuba's strike on the volley is blocked and goes for a corner. Hmm, Croatia yet to really strike a blow.
2 mins - Russia 0 Croatia 0
Wonder if Russia can pull off the same defensive stand we saw against Spain again.
Nice touch for Golovin through to Dzyuba but Cheryshev's shot is blocked. Promising signs though.
And we're off!
Proper volume in Sochi for the home side. Croatia in the darker kit, Russia in red. It's louuuudddd.
All rests on Dzyuba's shoulders
Large shoulders, I should add. He's a problem-maker upfront with his size. Players are about to make their way onto the field.
Predict away my friends
Russia moving to a back four tonight
#RUSCRO // Formations ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/vas1G5Q4Th— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) 7 July 2018
Good to see they've hung around for the semi-final
Exclusive interview with Ivan Rakitic
Lots to enjoy in this, starting with his thoughts on the win over Argentina.
I think we produced maybe the best performance of this World Cup, with respect to all the others,” Rakitic said. “With the first goal, it was like, ‘Wow, give me more’ and when you have that feeling, I think it’s impossible to lose. We didn’t want the game to finish.
TEAMS ARE IN
No big shocks.
So, @England have secured their place in Wednesday's semi-final in Moscow, but who will join them? ��
Here are the teams for #RUSCRO! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/oHd6snhN7n
Now that's a picture
Player ratings from England-Sweden
Still trying to settle back down if I'm honest.
The view from Russia
Courtesy of James Ducker.
Much like South Korea on home soil in 2002, the stars have been aligning for the Motherland. “They have got a little lucky so far,” Andrei Kanchelskis, the former Russia, Manchester United and Everton winger, told Telegraph Sport.
The other game
Yes, there is another quarter-final taking place today, although I'll forgive you if you're still drenched in beer from celebrating England's win over Sweden now they're in the semi-finalllllll.
Regardless of the result this has been Russia's best World Cup for an age, having not previously reached the quarter-finals since 1970. And their best finish came four years prior to that in 1966, losing the third-place play-off to Portugal and Eusebio.
Plus, the tournament's gone rather well! Everyone seems really happy with the hospitality and it helps when few of the games have been duds. Just look how happy Peter Schmeichel is here.
Russia's penalties win over Spain was pretty fascinating from a tactical perspective given the way Spain struggled to find a solution to a sturdy defence, at least when Isco wasn't doing wonderful things coming off his wing. Sam Wallace can tell you more about that here.
Croatia's progession to this point, also via penalties, has admittedly taken some of the enthusiasm out of their bid after the swept Argentina so impressively back in the group stage.
Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have been a treat to watch, as ever, but how heavy are the legs after 120 minutes in mid-week, for both sides? Here's hoping they feel fresh.
#CRO#CRO#CRO#[email protected] says there’s still more to come from @HNS_CFF at Russia 2018 ��#RUSCRO // #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/LQlubXoRHr— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) 7 July 2018