Sunday, 8 July 2018

World Cup 2018: Croatia beats Russia 4-3 (2-2) on penalties to enter semi-finals



It has been a wonderful ride, but the remarkable World Cup run that set millions of people dreaming across Russia's 11 time zones is finally over.

 
There will always be the memories, and if it had to end at all then at least there was one final glorious moment that no Russian fan present in Sochi on Saturday will forget for the rest of their lives.


Perhaps the giddiest point of the host nation's trip into the quarter-finals came here, when defeat was still not an option and Mario Fernandes headed an equaliser against Croatia in the 115th minute.
The atmosphere in the ground had been electric all evening, every move up the pitch gaining volume as the match went on before reaching spectacular noise levels with Denis Cheryshev's sublime opener.


That goal, and Fernandes' dramatic extra-time leveller, counted for nothing but the memories in the end - as Croatia went through 4-3 winners on spot-kicks.


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