Russian Federation 2 Croatia 2 (Croatia win on penalties)

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Soccer Football - World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia fans watch Russia vs Croatia - FIFA Fan Fest, Moscow, Russia - July 7, 2018 A Russia fan reacts during the game.

The Blazar defeated hosts nation Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after 2-2 draw in Sochi on Saturday to set a semi-final clash with England on Wednesday.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing a Belgian team that has scored a tournament-leading 14 goals in five matches when they meet in the semifinals in St. Petersburg.

Modric has been on the front line in painful past failures for the national team, missing a penalty in a shootout as Croatia lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008.

France and Belgium will contest the other semi-final on Tuesday evening.

Belgium held their final training session before the crunch semi-final at their Moscow Country Club base before making the journey to St Peterburg.

And while he didn't score against Sweden on Saturday, Kane still played his part in a confident England display.

"Clearly, we wanted to go even further but sadly today we could not", coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, addressing the crowd.

Croatia's third place finish in its debut has been equaled only by Portugal in 1966 when the tournament featured just 16 teams.

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"We will have to improve on our set-piece defending between now and Wednesday as we conceded from one at the end of the game today". "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".

"We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic.

"God willing we would like to lift the World Cup trophy".

"We tried. I think the whole team gave 100 percent". "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy".

This tactic was turned on its head against Croatia, with Russian Federation going all out and scoring first but conceding two more before an equaliser deep in the second half of extra time reignited their hopes of a last four spot, the first since the Soviet Union's 1966 run. The final minutes passed and, with both teams having reached this point after a shootout in the previous game, penalties were to be needed once more.

Despite increasing tensions with the West, Putin has presided over a superbly organised, relaxed and colourful tournament though this does not fool human rights groups who have consistently cautioned he is using the tournament to gloss over his authoritarian rule.

It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.

"I'm glad that I scored goals but the most important thing is to help the team".

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