Kick off: 7 July 21:00
Info: Igor Smolnikov is available again after being suspended for the match against Spain, while Alan Dzagoev has also made a quicker-than-expected return from the injury he suffered in the opening group game and could be available. Yuri Zhirkov is Russia’s biggest doubt after being forced off at half-time against Spain, which could mean Fyodor Kudryashov starting at left-back. After a tactical shuffle against Spain, joint-top scorer Denis Cheryshev is expected to return the starting line-up against Croatia (or Dzagoev is another option). Ivan Strinic is Croatia’s only doubt after limping off against Denmark. That will probably mean a start for Josip Pivaric – one of two Croatians to miss a penalty in the shoot-out. Croatia, apart from their final group game where they rotated several players, have been largely consistent with their team selection, with Vedran Corluka and Andrej Kramaric among those having to make do with places on the bench.
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League: World Cup 2018
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