Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

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Then Russia left their Croatian counterparts in hot water (well maybe luke warm) as Denis Cheryshev conceded in the 31st minute of the game.

RTÉ soccer analyst Didi Hamann believes that England have the slight edge over Croatia going into their World Cup semi-final. The first was against Portugal in 1966 when they went on to win the tournament, hosted in England, they had to wait 24 years till they reached the final four again.

They will now play England after the Three Lions won against Sweden earlier this afternoon.

The game at Fisht Stadium, Sochi starts at 9 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m. ET.

Croatia were agonisingly close to scoring on the hour when Russia's defence failed to clear the ball and Ivan Perisic's shot hit the inside of the post but rebounded harmlessly across the face of the goal.

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With home support, Russian Federation have a 12th man that can destabilise the Croatians as it did pre-tournament favourites Spain in the last 16.

Akinfeev levelled things up at 1-1 when he dived the right way to keep out Kovacic after two penalties each.

Players of Croatia pose for a photo ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on July 01, 2018.

Brazilian born Mário Fernandes scored Alan Dzagoev's free-kick which landed in the bottom left corner.

Rakitic then scored his second penalty shoot-out victor in two games.

The other semi-final will see France play Belgium.

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