Hosts Russia crashed out from the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a gruelling match against Croatia. The game ended on a penalty shootout going the way of the Croats – as they now play England for a chance to reach their first World Cup final.

Russia took a surprising lead when Denis Cheryshev found some space and unleashed a rocket into the top corner; Danijel Subasic becoming a bystander and was rooted to the spot. Croatia struck back eight minutes later, Mario Mandzukic found himself in acres of space to pull back his cross for Andrej Kramaric to head home from close range.

With the sides not separated at full-time, extra time had more dramatic action in store. With 101 minutes on the clock, Domagoj Vida climbed highest to head the ball in; and it looked like it was going to be the winning goal. With hot temperatures and both teams going through extra-time in their previous games – everyone struggled with their lack of energy. Every ticking minute sapped more life out of the players.

Mario Fernandes powered his header in the 115th minute – his maiden goal for Russia – to send the game into penalties.

Fedor Smolov and Fernandes missed for Russia, and it was up to Ivan Rakitic to finally end the Russians dream and advance to the semi-final.

Here’s our Russian ratings from their shootout loss to Croatia: