Russia vs Croatia Today’s Soccer Prediction
It was precisely in this way that the Russians eliminated the selection of Spain, which was considered one of the greatest favorites in the bookmakers. After a 1-1 draw at regular time, in which the two goals were scored by Russia – one was against, and new goalless equality in the extra period, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who plays for CSKA, Moscow, secured the classification while defending Koke’s charge.
It was the second match in which the players of the host team scored a goal against. Before defender Sergei Ignashevich sent the ball against his own net in the game against the Spaniards, Denis Cheryshev, who is the top scorer of the team with three goals in favor, scored a setback in a 3-0 defeat by Uruguay.
For Saturday’s showdown, coach Stanislav Cherchesov will be able to count on the return of Zenit St. Petersburg defender Igor Smolnikov. He was sent off in the match against Uruguay, completed the automatic suspension in the encounter with the Spaniards and returned to be able to act.
The athletes called by Russia for the World Cup were:
Goalkeepers: Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow-RUS), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge-BEL) and Lunev (Zenit-RUS);
(CSKA Moskva-RUS), Kotovsky (Rubin Kazan-RUS), Kutepov (Spartak Moscow-RUS), Semenov (Terek Grozny-RUS) and Smolnikov (Zenit-RUS). Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow-RUS);
Socks: Gazinsky (Kuban Krasnodar-RUS), Golovin (CSKA Moscow-RUS), Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow-RUS), Erokhin (Zenit-RUS), Zhirkov (Zenit- RUS), Kuziyev Moscow-RUS), Samedov (Spartak Moscow-RUS), Cheryshev (Villarreal-ESP) and Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow-RUS);
Attackers: Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula-RUS), Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow-RUS) and Smolov (Kuban Krasnodar-RUS).
The Croats also needed a penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals. His departure against Denmark ended in a 1-1 draw. In overtime Croatia’s main midfield player, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, missed a penalty in the closing stages of the second half.
Modric, however, was able to convert their charge into penalties and Monaco’s Danijel Subasic defenses took the team to the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France, world the team reached the semifinals.
Croatia’s squad for the 2018 World Cup was set with:
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco-FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Ghent-BEL) and Dominik Livakovic (Dynamo Zagreb-CRO);
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv from Moscow-RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas-TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria-ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool-ING), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric of Kiev-UCR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen-ALE), and Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg-AUT);
Real Madrid-ESP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina-ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Internazionale-ITA) and Filip Bradaric (Rijeka-CRO), Luka Modric (Real Madrid-ESP), Ivan Rakitic );
Attackers: Mario Mandzukic (ITA), Ivan Perisic (ITA), Nikola Kalinic (Milan-ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim-ALE), Marko Pjaca (Schalke 04-ALE) and Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt-ALE ).
The Croats showed coolness against Denmark in two crucial moments. The first was early in the game when the rivals took the lead. Less than three minutes later, Croatia reached the draw. Then in the psychological recovery of his athletes after the penalty wasted by Modric in overtime. This allows one to imagine that the Russian crowd will not have as much influence on their behavior. If they are not affected by public pressure, the Croats with more technical skills should be considered the best betting option.
Prediction Today: Croatia wins