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The Round of 16 continued today. Russia and Croatia advanced to the quarterfinals, while Spain and Denmark were eliminated.
This continues to be Russia’s best run since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Both games ended 1-1 and went to a penalty shootout.
The 2010 champions fell unconvincingly to the hosts, who are totally not involved in any doping at all. It will be their first time in the quarterfinals as Russia (as opposed to the Soviet Union). Another win for Russia would see them match the USSR’s best performance in England 1966. Sergio Ramos made both goals: he was tangled up with Sergei Ignashevich when it bounced off the defender’s leg and into the Russian net, and his handball gave the Russians the penalty kick to equalize.
Ilya Kutepov and Roman Zobnin were carded but will not be suspended.
Both goals came very early, and an penalty shootout with plenty of saves saw Croatia finally finishing on top. Modric missed a 116th minute penalty, but scored his in the shootout to ensure Croatia’s 2nd quarterfinals appearance. Denmark’s 1st minute goal did not even break the top 10 fastest goals at the World Cup.
Croatia did not pick up any cards in their win.
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