England just confirm move to semi final after beat Sweden 2-0 , now are waiting either Russia or Croatia this match.
And so continues Russia’s march towards a home semi-final that nobody expected. Though gifted home advantage, there was a belief that the lack of qualifiers would affect Russia. That has not been the case, but with a tough Croatia side lying in wait here, the hosts face another huge test.
Both sides face off after successfully negotiating penalty shootouts, so there will be no shortage of mental resilience on display. After holding out for a draw against Spain over 120 minutes, Russia will be full of confidence, if somewhat drained, after being subject to immense pressure in extra-time. [Read more…]