Lovren’s Croatia set up World Cup semi-final with England

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Croatia are through to the semi-final of the World Cup after beating Russia/Croatia following a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

But Croatia restored parity in the 39th minute when Mario Mandzukic provided a superb cross for Andrej Kramaric to score via an header.

Their first tough competition came against Denmark, as the teams headed to penalties to decide the victor.

Croatia is the first team to win consecutive penalty shootouts since Argentina in 1990 and it's the first time the host country has lost in a shootout since Italy in the same year.

Vida was booked moments later after removing his top during his goal celebration.

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Subasic's tribute to Custic, his former teammate at hometown club Zadar, came after a win that booked Croatia a quarterfinal place against hosts Russian Federation in Sochi on Saturday.

Danijel Subasic's save on Fedor Smolov's penalty made him only the third goalkeeper in history to save four penalties in World Cup shootouts (He had saved three against Denmark in the round of 16 shootout). Akinfeev made one save during the shootout and almost had another on Luka Modric, but the shot deflected off Akinfeev's hand, off the post and into the net.

But Fernandes, the man whose goal took it to pens, put the ball wide the very next spot kick.

The victor of this game will face England in the semi-final on Wednesday.

And it was Lovren's team that prevailed 4-3 in the shootout when Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic netted the decisive kick. Vida makes it 2-1 in the 100th minute.

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