World Cup 2018 quarter-final – Russia 2-2 Croatia, LIVE score: Tournament hosts dumped out on penalties in gripping quarter-final at Fisht Stadium
Russia’s emotional and stubborn journey through their own World Cup over ended in heartbreak just before midnight on the Black Sea when they lost a penalty shootout to Croatia at the Fisht Stadium.
Croatia will now face England in the last four in Moscow on Wednesday night and on this evidence there is nothing particular for Gareth Southgate and his players to fear. Luka Modric and his team-mates will certainly present England with a different test to any they have faced so far in Russia. They will play on the front foot and attempt to take the game to England, something teams like Sweden, Colombia, Panama and Tunisia have not done.
However, Croatia will be tired after this gruelling and emotional night. They have played two lots of 120 minutes in the knockout stages, winning a shootout against Denmark in the last 16, and that may take its toll come Wednesday.
Only Croatia stood in their way in Sochi on July 7 as they fought for the right to play England.
After knocking out one of the tournament favourites Spain in a dramatic penalty shootout on July 1, Russia would’ve fancy their chances of going even further.
But they were the underdogs once again as they came up against Luka Modric and Co.
Re-live the action with Sportsmail’s LUKE AUGUSTUS as it happened from the Fisht Stadium.