Croatia in semifinals after penalty shootout against russia

Croatia in semifinals after penalty shootout against russia

Croatia’s national soccer players bury ivan rakitic underneath them. The former schalke player’s penalty kick to the left put his team into the semifinals of a world cup for the first time since 1998 – and put an end to russia’s surprise party.

The FC barcelona midfielder scored the decisive goal in the penalty shootout for a 4:3 victory. After 120 minutes the score was 2:2 (1:1, 1:1). Croatia’s director luka modric, who led his eleven into wednesday’s semifinal against england at moscow’s lushniki stadium, lay exhausted on his back and looked up at the night sky.

Russian coach stanislav chertschessov went into the dressing room after the game without turning around again. Jacket and tie saben. It was an exit in style, but without fortune. "In sports there is only one cup. And we now have no chance of winning this cup," said the deposed coach. "We have turned the country upside down, we are happy about that."

"In croatia, the holle is on the loose. Support at home is incredible. And we still wanted to go on," said rakitic: "this is the world championship, this is the roughest. We would like to have a world cup every year. Now we enjoy the success in the cabin."

With his fourth goal of the tournament, denis cheryschew had put chertschessow’s team ahead of 44.287 spectators at the fisch stadium in sochi (31). Minute). The hoffheim bundesliga professional andrej kramaric (39.) and former leverkusen player domagoj via (111.) scored for the croatians before brazilian-born mario fernandes (115.) the hosts equalized. In the eighth-finals the croatians had won against danmark also in the penalty shootout.

The euphoric russian fans supported their team with two rude banners ("who, if not you?"And "when, if not now?") and rhythmic clapping in the manner of the icelandic "huh". They went wild when cherychev put their team in the lead. After a double pass with artjom dsjuba, the FC villarreal attacker scored from about 20 meters into the top left corner of the goal of the stunned croatian goalkeeper danijel subasic. Luka modric of real madrid and vida came too late to prevent the goal against.

It was a goal out of nowhere. Up to this point, the croatians had dominated the game. The team of trainer zlatko dalic does not like to be rattled even by a setback. After a combination of former bundesliga pros ivan perisic and mario mandzukic, kramaric, who had been reinstated to the starting lineup, scored the equalizer.

Russia’s prime minister dmitry medvedev then returned the favor with an appreciative handshake to croatia’s president kolinda grabar-kitarovi?, wearing the red and white checkered jersey of your team. At the first goal, she had congratulated him respectfully over the FIFA president gianni infantino, who was seated between them in the VIP tribune.

The encounter lived largely on tension. For a long time both teams hardly got into the rhythm of the game and mostly lost the ball early on. Penalty area scenes were rare over long stretches of the meeting. And the individual class of the croatian team around the frankfurt cup hero ante rebic, who was equipped with great self-confidence, only flashed up now and then. For example, a drop-goal by kramaric shortly after the change of sides and a shot against the inside post by perisic (60 minutes).).

Coach dalic increased the pressure on the very passive russians. In rebic, kramaric and mandzukic he sent three players to the front of the line. But it remained tough against the robust hosts, who had already driven the spaniards to despair with their defense in the eighth finals and forced them into a penalty shootout. For russia, dsjuba and substitute alexander jerochin offered medium-size headed chances.

Signs of wear and tear spread at the end of an intense game when vida headed in a corner to make it 2:1. The 29-year-old from besiktas istanbul was the eighth goal-scorer for the croats in the tournament. It was the first goal in the match at this world cup. The stricken croatian goalkeeper subasic still parried a tight shot by daler kusjajew, at the header of mario fernandes (115.) but he was powerless.