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Croatia train in Sochi

The Croatian national football team entered the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup knocking out hosts Russian Federation in the quarterfinals match on Saturday night in Sochi with the 4-3 penalty shootout win following 2-2 draw in the regular and 30-minute overtime period.

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.

However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3 and will now face England on Wednesday.

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was issued a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association after his team's World Cup victory over Denmark for revealing a T-shirt with a message honouring a former teammate who died a decade ago from injuries suffered during a match.

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With the semifinals and the final yet to be played, the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup have already produced 35 goals, three more than the entire knockout phase four years ago in Brazil.

It was a dramatic end to the match for Subasic who went down with what appeared to be a hamstring injury late in regulation time. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

After extra time ended with the score level at 2-2, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was Croatia's penalty hero, denying Fedor Smolov before seeing Mario Fernandes fire wide.

This is the first time in 16 years that two teams took a quarterfinal to extra time, after having played extra time in the round of 16 as well.

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