And nestle is exactly what it did when Cheryshev broke the deadlock, curling a wonderful left footed shot into the top corner after playing an inch ideal one-two with Artem Dzyuba.
Denis Cheryshev marked his return to the starting line-up with yet another contender for goal of the tournament after his stunning efforts against Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage, but his first-half opener was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later. Croatia then went ahead with a soft Domagoj Vida header in the eleventh minute of extra time but Russian Federation still managed to bounce back through Fernandes. Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after Mario Fernandes dramatically equalised for Russian Federation with five minutes of extra time remaining, only to miss a crucial kick in the shootout.
However, there was controversy after the match with Croatia's Vida facing possible disciplinary sanctions from Federation Internationale de Football Association after posting a clip dedicating his country's victory over Russia in the World Cup quarter-final to Ukraine.
When Russia finally bowed out, shortly before midnight local time with defeat on penalties against Croatia in their quarter-final, they were departing the festival a good five hours of playing time later than many had forecast.
The Croats hadn't advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup since 1998, when the country made its first appearance. Sergie Ignashevich made Russia's next attempt, but Vida made Croatia's next attempt to hold the lead. "He said what we showed on the field was great". Those cries were heard again in the second half when Russian Federation won a corner which Subasic punched clear into the path of Kuzyaev, who fired a shot straight down the throat of the Croatian goalkeeper.
Then they were up against Spain in the round-of-16, which many expected to be a procession for the 2010 winners, but they got through - albeit after a penalty shootout.
An equalizer came eight minutes later when Kutepov was perhaps guilty of not dealing with a through ball which allowed Mandzukic acres of space on the left hand side of the box.
Croatia booked a semi-final spot against England but their performance yet again mirrored their shirts - chequered. Only Harry Kane (6) has more in the tournament.
Croatia were on a four-match unbeaten run going into the game - their longest run to date in the competition. Ivan Perisic slammed the post, Kramaric tried an overhead kick, Fedor Smolov threaded a attractive move only for the header to go wide and charges at both ends kept the defenders busy. This time, they will face a resurgent England side in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 12 (Singapore time).
Fans of Russian Federation cheer in Group A play against Saudi Arabia during the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium.
After Russia's blistering start, Modric-led Croatia gradually controlled the ball and the first half saw 65 percent ball possession for Croatia. It was his fourth goal of the tournament.