Rusland - Kroatië
July 7, 2018 -- Het WK Voetbal in Rusland begint aan de fase van de kwartfinales, waarin de overgebleven acht teams strijden om tot kampioen gekroond te worden. De vierde kwartfinale in Sotsji brengt gastland Rusland tegenover Kroatië, aangevoerd door middenvelder Luka Modric.
Host nation Russia have defied all expectations to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since long before the break-up of the Soviet Union. A remarkable five-goal victory over Saudi Arabia in the opening match set the tone, while they humbled 2010 champions Spain in the Last 16 with a superb penalty shoot-out victory, inspired by the heroics of goalkeeping captain Igor Akinfeev.
Croatia, boasting the gifted talents of Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Ratikic, breezed through the group stages, securing a spirited victory over Argentina. Despite faltering in the Last 16 with a intense penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark, they have achieved their best World Cup performance since 1998.
The teams have met only three times before. Croatia secured victory in 2015, while the other two matches were drawn.