Croatia became the second team in history to win back-to-back penalty shootouts at the World Cup.
The victor of today's clash will face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals.
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, right, celebrates Ivan Rakitic at the end of the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
Fernandes, who was born in Brazil but rejected a chance to play for that country's national team in 2011, sent his penalty kick wide of the net in the shootout, giving Croatia the advantage. Croatia's shooters did enough that Ivan Rakitic's successful penalty was the victor and set off another wild celebration with Subasic on the bottom of the pile. Mario Fernandes (Russia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Luka Modric is the team's star but it is goalkeeper Subasic who got them past the finishing line against Russian Federation.
However the Croats trailed for barely eight minutes as Andrej Kramarić headed home to level the scores. Subasic soldiered on and he had to as Mario Mandzukic and Sime Vrsaljko both started limping. Assisted by Artem Dzyuba. Akinfeev was instrumental against Spain, saving two penalties in the shootout and helping to stop the opposition from putting several goals in the previous 120 minutes.
Dalic's team has emulated the generation of Suker which surprised everyone on Croatia's debut on the global stage in 1998 by reaching the semifinals which they narrowly lost to hosts France, who went on to lift the trophy.
Dzagoev scored in the second attempt and Russian Federation were back level when Kovacic scuffed his shot, allowing Akinfeev to save.
"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations, so will have to focus more on defending set-pieces, because we conceded towards the end today from a set-piece and we will have to improve that element of our game".
Croatia looked to have sealed the victory on 100 minutes, with defender Domagoj Vida powering in a header from a corner. Sbornaya have made their first quarter-final in history as Russian Federation, but Stanislav Cherchesov's men will be adamant that the job is not yet done and will be aiming to make the final four for the first time - matching their former counterparts in the Soviet Union, who made the semis back in 1966.
Dalić may consider tweaking his side slightly for the game against the host nation. Most certainly a candidate for the best goal of this World Cup.
It was the second straight time both teams played in a penalty shootout. It was, however, the Croatians who continued in the competition with a second penalty win.
It promises to be a fascinating encounter Sweden & England battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
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