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Russia, Croatia Advance To World Cup Quarterfinals

Both Matches Decided By Penalty Kicks Sunday

July 01, 2018 - 7:52 pm

The Round of 16 of the World Cup in Russia began Saturday with France and Uruguay each punching their ticket to the Quarterfinals and two more teams advanced on Sunday.

The first game of the day was between the host country Russia and one of the World Cup favorites Spain.  Spain scored first on a goal from Sergei Ignashevich and held the 1-0 lead up until right before halftime when Artem Dzyuba tied the game at 1 on a penalty kick.  The game would remain tied in the 2nd half and both extra time periods before heading to penalty kicks.  Russia's goalie Akinfeev made two big saves that gave Russia the victory 4-3 in PK's.

This is the first time that Russia has reached the Quarterfinals since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Crotia faced off against Denmark in the second game of the day and the game had 2 goals scored within the first 5 minutes of the 1st half.  Mathias Jorgenson would give Denmark the lead in the 1st minute, but Croatia would tie the game up 3 minutes later with a goal from Mario Mandzukic and the game would remain tied 1-1 through extra time and headed to Penalty Kicks. Both Goalies showed up in PK's, but Croatia's Ivan Rakitic was able to bury the shot when he needed to, to give Croatia the 3-2 victory in PK's.

This is the first Quarterfinal that Croatia has qualifed for since 1998.

Two more teams will join France, Uruguay, Russia and Denmark in the Quarterfinals on Monday when Brazil takes on Mexico at 10 am and Belgium takes on Japan at 2 pm.  Both game will be on FOX.  

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