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Russian Federation v Croatia 07 July 2018

08 July 2018

Preview: Croatia and Russian Federation did just about enough to emerge successful from their respective round of 16 matches but will need to replicate their group stage form and attacking mindset when they clash in Saturday's World Cup quarter-finals in Sochi.

Russian Federation will reshuffle their team for one of the biggest games in the host nation's history, a World Cup quarter-finals showdown with Croatia. Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia returns to the semifinals for the first time since 1998.

It was a match that, frankly, was pretty boring for the first 30 minutes.

But that lead was short lived.

The game went to extra-time with Subasic staying on the pitch despite appearing to injure his hamstring late on in normal time.

The cagey 0-0 draw with the former world champions came about after Russian Federation adopted a more defensive strategy, but they will return to a 4-2-3-1 formation versus Croatia.

Cheryshev replaces Yuri Zhirkov in the only change for the hosts, while Croatia also made just one change with Andrej Kramaric coming in for Marcelo Brozovic in the forward line.

And in the penalty kicks, Russian Federation lost its composure. On many occasions, Modric fell back against Denmark, which cut Croatia's supply line to their strikers, and the Real Madrid midfielder would look to avoid hanging in too deep against Russian Federation.

And with that, the field is set.