Deadlock in Sochi as Russian Federation and Croatia go to extra

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Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world.

Russian Federation had opened the scoring in the 31st minute, courtesy a spectacular long-range effort from winger Denis Cheryshev which sent the home fans into delirium.

After making the semi-final in 1998 in France the Croatians return to the last four, this time to face England.

During the group stage, Croatia won all three matches, including a 3-0 rout of Argentina, and finished top of Group D, before beating Denmark on penalties in the last 16.

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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.

The following time in the first half saw the referee booking two Croatian players.

This was the first time since 1994 that a team tied a match after going behind in extra-time.

Andrej Kramarić's goal against World Cup hosts, Russia.

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Domagoj Vida made it 2-1 for Croatia 10 minutes into the second stanza with a fine header that sailed into the bottom corner.

It was the second straight time both teams played in a shootout. Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

Ivan Rakitic scored the victor from the spot as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived the opposite direction.

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