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Domagoj Vida headed Luka Modric's corner home 10 minutes into the first extra period, only for Fernandes, the Brazil-born defender who was only granted Russian Federation citizenship by president Vladimir Putin two years ago, to keep Russia's hopes alive in a dramatic finish.

After Fernandes' failure, Modric got lucky when his strike found the opposite side of the net to that following touches off Akinfeev's glove and the post. "It will be an interesting game and we will fight to make the final".

Ivan Rakitic converted the decisive spot-kick after Mario Fernandes, who had netted an equaliser for Russian Federation with five minutes of extra-time remaining, hit his effort from 12 yards wide.

"I don't like to see him at Madrid", said Rakitic.

When he bought a ticket previous year for a World Cup quarter-final in Sochi, Russian soccer fan Yevgeny Yegorov guessed, based on form and pedigree, that he would most likely be a neutral spectator watching Spain play Argentina.

In the 2nd semi-final, Croatia will face England.

Goalkeeper Subasic was the hero against Denmark, making three penalty saves.

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Mentally, they were very, very strong. "He's incredibly skilled, not just at penalties but as a striker". It's a strength that we are a close team and that's not something the opposition can take from us".

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In the end, coach Zlatko Dalic replaces Vrsaljko with veteran Vedran Corluka.

With Croatia advancing to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998, a video clip of the country's president celebrating wildly from the stands has gone viral.

"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties, but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama", he added. 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. "We've already accomplished something big, but we want to do more", he told reporters.

Croatia will meet England in the semi-finals on July 11. "Hard work brought us here and we have to play a good game tomorrow and progress against the host nation and move closer to emulating the Croatia team of '98".

"Luckily, I've been playing alongside him for the past 10 years and each game since he was named captain, he's been leading us with great power, strength and self-confidence".

Mr Peskov said: "He watched, he was rooting for the team".

"Night for immortality! -We trust!" We have to be proud this is an fantastic thing.

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