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It was another thrilling night of FIFA World Cup action, with England continuing their great form with a professional display against Sweden, while Croatia prevailed in one of the more pulsating encounters over host nation Russian Federation.
After ending the home side's incredible run, Zlatko Dalic's side will aim to at least go one better than the famous 1998 vintage, who finished third in France, when they meet England at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.
A Vedran Corluka goal put Croatia in front in the first half of extra time before Mario Fernandes levelled in the second.
The game went to penalty kicks - where Russia's penalty takers made one too many mistakes from the spot.
At 1-1, Fernandes missed his shot - only the second player to miss in any of the four shootouts at this year's World Cup.
Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.
Croatia only needed nine minutes to reply when Kramaric headed home after Mandzukic broke down the left and found him perfectly. The team had made all three substitutes, but after receiving treatment near the goal, the 'keeper was deemed fit enough to see out normal time.
From jubilation to sorrow, Fernandes then turned villain after missing the target from the spot, with Fyodor Smolov also kept out in the shootout that was won 4-3 by Croatia.
"I've very pleased at how the team played the whole World Cup, how it showed its character and worked to the maximum", he said.
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Yuri Gazinskiy became Russia's third substitutes, coming in for Dzyuba, but Croatia almost ran into trouble after making two more subs, Josip Pivaric and Mateo Kovacic on for Ivan Strinic and Kramaric.
"We looked composed", England captain Harry Kane said.
'We expect a very hard and tough, tight, demanding match, every match at this World Cup is like that, ' Modric said at a post-match press conference, broadcast via FIFATV. They had gone further than what most had predicted.
Argentina in 1990 had been the last team to win consecutive World Cup shootouts. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.
However, it was Russian Federation who would open the scoring just after the half-hour mark, with Denis Cheryshev scoring one of the goals of the tournament.
"I'm not sure anything went wrong as such", he said. Assisted by Alan Dzagoev with a cross following a set piece situation.
There was another against Sweden, with Maguire heading in a driven corner from Ashley Young in the 30th minute.
100 - Goal!Russia 1, Croatia 2. "But now we are collecting those debts in this World Cup".
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