Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Date and Time: Sunday, July 8 – 2:00 AM (GMT +8)
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A place in the semifinals is at stake when host Russia play against Croatia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium as they continue to keep their World Cup dreams alive in the quarterfinals. Recently, both countries have won their penalty shootouts to reach the last eight of the tournament. Simply to say, we are expecting a tight fixture this coming weekend. (Don’t forget to check 12BET for the best Soccer Betting Tips)
17-11-2015 Russia 1:3 Croatia
06-06-2007 Croatia 0:0 Russia
06-09-2006 Russia 0:0 Croatia
We all know that Host Russia recently pulled off an upset against Spain in penalties during their round of 16 battle last Sunday in which surprise many. In fact, they were lucky enough to reach this far after being down 1-0 in the first half when Sergey Ignashevich scored an own goal. Fortunately, Artem Dzyuba was able to equalize the game from the penalty spot before halftime following a handball from Spain’s Gerard Pique. So far, they have been very impressive in the tournament, giving their home crowd more to cheer for. Thanks to Fedor Smolov, Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev for the converted penalties. Meanwhile, credits to goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for stopping Koke and Iago Aspas in the shootout to give his country a big win.
Croatia has been remarkable all throughout the competition. First, they were unbeaten in Group D, beating Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina and then they earned their ticket to the quarterfinals by winning 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in extra time. The Croatians have talent players like Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic that could lead the national team and they are now only a win away from reaching the semifinals.
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Both nations have the momentum heading into this fixture, knowing that Russia and Croatia won their penalty shootouts to reach the last eight. However, the Croatians are the slight favorites to win over Russia. With that said, this is going to be a very intriguing match.
Russia to win 3.45 (The Soccer Bet odds might change without prior notice)
Croatia to win 2.23
Draw – 3.00
Predicted Score: 1-2 in favor of Croatia
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