Croatia knocks hosts Russia out of World Cup on penalties

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World Cup hosts Russian Federation say pressure will be replaced by pleasure and national pride as they bid to sweep past Croatia and into the last four on Saturday.

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

Fast forward just over 28 years and on Wednesday evening in Moscow they will play one again.

Now, almost 30 years on, they have another semi-final date.

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It was the second straight time both teams played in a shootout.

Croatia were agonisingly close to scoring on the hour when Russia's defence failed to clear the ball and Ivan Perisic's shot hit the inside of the post but rebounded harmlessly across the face of the goal.

Subasic, 33, saved three penalties in Sunday's round-of-16 shootout win in Nizhny Novgorod, and afterward showed the tribute to close friend Hrvoje Custic, who died in 2008 after being injured during a game falling into a concrete wall near the sideline of a field. Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

But Fernandes, the man whose goal took it to pens, put the ball wide the very next spot kick. Akinfeev made one save during the shootout and almost had another on Luka Modric, but the shot deflected off Akinfeev's hand, off the post and into the net.

Both sides were probing for the second goal in the closing minutes of the first stanza, but they went into the dressing room deadlocked at 1-1.

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