FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia Stay Afloat As Russia's Fairytale Run Ends
Luka Modric admitted Croatia were shattered after they ended Russia's World Cup hopes in another penalty shootout on Saturday to advance to a semi-final against England.
The hosts went ahead thanks to a bolt from Denis Cheryshev just after the half-hour mark. (All Images Courtesy: AFP)
Croatia equalised when Andrej Kramaric scored just before half-time.
Defender Domagoj Vida's extra-time header put Croatia 2-1 up against Russia.
Mario Fernandes kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties.
Mario Fernandes and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks and Croatia won the shootout 4-3.
Ivan Rakitic scored the winning spot-kick in Sochi at the end of a draining and rollercoaster last-eight clash that finished 2-2 after extra time.
Croatia advance to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998, against England in Moscow on Wednesday.