We all know that home advantage can provide a boost to a World Cup campaign, but who really saw Russia still being around at the quarter-final stage? Well here they are, with Croatia now seeking to do what Spain couldn’t in the last round and knock the hosts off their perch at Russia 2018.
Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the hero of the hour thanks to two crucial penalty saves in the triumphant shoot-out against Spain, and given Croatia’s attacking qualities, Russia will need their stopper to be on top form once again to give them a fighting chance.
Croatia also needed a shoot-out to get past Denmark in the previous round after a performance that failed to hit the heights of their group stage showing. But with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic calling the shots in midfield, the Croats should have the lion’s share of possession and the platform to damage Russia.
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