Croatia overcame World Cup hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra-time to set up a semi-final showdown with England.
Ivan Rakitic struck the crucial spot-kick after Fedor Smolov and Mario Fernandes failed from the spot for Russia to settle a gritty quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday evening.
World Cup hosts Russia kicked off their Group A campaign in style with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
No host team has lost a World Cup opening match and Russia kept up that tradition with goals from Yury Gazinsky (12), Denis Cheryshev (43, 90+1), Artem Dzyuba (71) and
Football411's FAGBURE FUNSHO brings you a breakdown of the 32 teams at the 2014 World Cup, with the focus here on Russia.
Fabio Capello's Russia come into the tournament expected to qualify for the round of 16 after a solid qualifying campaign, but will need to avoid potential slip-ups against both
Northern Ireland clinched a remarkable first win of their World Cup qualifying campaign as Martin Paterson's header saw off Fabio Capello's Russia.
Paterson superbly guided in Niall McGinn's fine cross just before half-time to give Michael O'Neill a first win as NI manager in his 10th match.
Just before the goal Jamie
The UEFA European Under-21 Championship gets underway in Israel on Wednesday and threatens to be one of the highest quality in history. Boycotts and protests regarding the host nation may have been the main headlines heading into the tournament, but should football be allowed to be the focus of the