Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the first goal in the first half of the quarter-final match against Croatia. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA
Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the first goal in the first half of the quarter-final match against Croatia. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA
Andrej Kramaric of Croatia scores the 1-1 equaliser against Russia on Saturday night. Photo: Friedemann Vogel/EPA
Andrej Kramaric of Croatia scores the 1-1 equaliser against Russia on Saturday night. Photo: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

SOCHI – Host nation Russia and Croatia were locked at 1-1 at half-time in their World Cup quarter-final in Sochi on Friday as they compete for the right to play England in the semis.

Earlier on Saturday, England advanced to the semi-finals when they beat Sweden (0-2) at the Cosmos Arena.

Hosts Russia stunned Croatia when they scored first in the fourth and final quarter-final match, but Croatia leveled the score shortly thereafter.

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give Russia the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)


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