Russia vs CROATIA
Can Croatia mark the end of the road for Russia?
The hosts continue to surprise in this year's world cup, and many are asking how far they can go. There quarterfinal opponents Croatia, are deservedly in the quarterfinals through hard work and a little luck.
Russia approaches every game differently depending on the opponent. They played defensively for 120 minutes against Spain, were poor on the ball and unable to string to four passes together. We should expect Russia to throw men forward in this one.
Croatia, however, are more direct in their play. They will still have to improve from their somewhat lacklustre show against Denmark if they are to beat Russia inside 90 minutes. If the two teams go toe-to-toe, Croatia will most likely outclass Russia with creativity, sublime passing, and lethal finishing.
Key Match Facts
- Russia has never beaten a fellow European team at the World Cup (L3, D1), while Croatia has only lost one out of 7 (W5, D1).
- Russia has made just two shots on target in their last two matches, yet they managed ten shots (8 goals) in their first two games.