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Croatia Defeated History Making Host, Set to Face England in Semi-final

Nur'deen Olaitan

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Russia will never cease to amaze football fans all over the world. The last quarter final duel between Croatia and the host country, Russia is another testimony to how astonishing this FIFA World Cup has been.

Croatia was down by 31 minutes before Croatia’s Kramaric cancelled the goal by Cheryshev eight minutes later.

The battle was tough, the game was tense, both teams giving their all to be up in the game but it wasn’t meant to be till the end of regulation time.

Thanks to a heroic performance from Subasic who denied Russia on various occasions.

The Croation full back, Vida nodded home from a corner kick in the 100th minute in the first half of extra time. All seems finished for the host nation but football showed everyone that this is a game. Mario Fernandez nodded home from a free-kick in 115, just 5 minutes to the end of the second half extra time to extend the game to penalty shootout.

What a game!

Subasic and Akinfeev both stop the first pair of penalty. The second rounds were scored but Mario Fernandez who Russians thought was the messiah shot his off target. He felt so bad. After this loss, every other player scored.

Finally, the game ended Croatia 4 Russia 3 by penalty.

On their soil, Russia made history having get to their first quarter final in the history of the world cup. It’s a pity they couldn’t make it to the semi-finals.

Croatia will face England, who earlier defeated Sweden by 2goals to nil in the semi-final next week.

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I am Nur'dean Olaitan, a Graduate of linguistics from University of Ilorin. I am Passionate about sport, writing, politics.You wanna connect, buzz me on nakata@nigeiadailyimes.com

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