Injured goalie saves Croatia as Russian Federation beaten in Fifa World Cup quarterfinals

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We have two matches to play.

How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.

Croatia became only the second team to win successive penalty shootouts at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Argentina in 1990, when they overcame Russian Federation 4-3 on Saturday to follow up their win over Denmark in the previous round.

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.

Live-streaming is available via BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Fox Soccer Match Pass. The victor will face either France or Belgium in the final.

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The only previous meeting between the sides in tournament finals came in Group B of Euro 2004 in Lisbon.

Croatia are wary of the potential threat posed by Raheem Sterling.

He will be ably supported by Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann in a France attack that put four past Argentina in the round of 16 and comfortably saw off a strong Uruguay side 2-0 last time out.

Both squads are deep and are dealing with relatively few injuries, though Belgium will be missing defender Thomas Meunier, who picked up his second yellow card for tripping Neymar in the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Brazil. He congratulated us on a very good game.

Roberto Martinez got his tactics spot on and Belgium's front three ran riot, with Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne tearing through the Selecao's defense at will.

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When Dele Alli scored England's second goal, he performed the "Ride the Pony" emote from - you guessed it - Fortnite. Croatia went on to win the match in a penalty shootout.

Ahead of the semi-final date with England, Subasic told Sata 24 [a Croatian news outlet] that he would once again be wearing something under his jersey in memory of his friend. This means there will be little pressure on Gareth Southgate's young team who have showcased their strength at set pieces in Russian Federation.

"He [Kane] is top scorer - he's not easy to stop".

Kane is two goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot, the England captain having fired the Three Lions into their first semi-final since 1990.

Unlike Belgium, Les Bleus have the experience of playing on the big stage-this is the team's third semifinal of a major tournament in 12 years-and it continues to resemble a team still not playing at its full potential.

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