Lovren’s Croatia set up World Cup semi-final with England
Jul 08 2018
England now know their semi-final opponents after Saturday evening's game between Russian Federation and Croatia went the way of Croatia on penalties.
Then Russia left their Croatian counterparts in hot water (well maybe luke warm) as Denis Cheryshev conceded in the 31st minute of the game.
However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3 and will now face England on Wednesday.
The hosts are underdogs against a Croatia side that beat Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in the group stages before overcoming Denmark on penalties in the round of 16.
The draw of 1-1 remained flashing on the scoreboard as both teams retreated for the 15-minute break ahead of the second half, .
Croatia players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout.
The match went into extra time and Croatian defender, Domagoj Vida, took them 2-1 up at 100 minutes with the added bonus of a salute from the nation's president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. "It shows when he isn't playing, as Real Madrid are a different team without Luka". The English team defeated Sweden 2-0. According to a statement from the Federation Internationale de Football Association press service, the fine is related to an incident in which members of the Croatian national team were seen drinking "non-authorized beverage products", that is, drinks that were not officially approved as part of the sponsorship deal for the World Cup.
They have quickly been embraced as national heroes, with the mayor of Moscow responding by making additional public viewing space available in the city before the match in Sochi's Fisht Stadium.