Host nation Russia has shocked everyone by still being alive in the 2018 FIFA World Cup competition, but they will be coming up against the Croatians, who have a strong case for World Cup glory this time. Russians defended in numbers in the last game against Spain; at times they even looked like playing football without any desire to have a ball at their feet. However, the result is all that matters, and that was in their favour. The Croatians missed many opportunities in the regular time to defeat Denmark, but they triumphed in the penalty shootout.
Ahead of the game, star playmaker Alan Dzagoev declared himself fit for the match against Croatia, which is positive news for the team management. Dzagoev, who has not played a minute of football since pulling a hamstring in the opening day win over Saudi Arabia, is one of the most versatile midfielders in the Russian ranks and the one that can have an impact on the way the game flows. Although, everything is not rosy for the home team, as veteran full-back Yuri Zhirkov is ruled out with a calf problem. 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals Match Predictions: France, Brazil, Croatia and England Favorites to Qualify for Semi-Finals.
Russian head coach Stanislav Cherchesov has asked his team members to remain away from all the media stories glorifying their achievement so far and focus on the big game coming up. The game is undoubtedly one of the biggest games they have ever played in their lives, and the coach does not want any room for complacency in the squad, which is known for its fighting spirit. The crowd support, too, is an essential factor when a Russian game is on, and tonight also, it will be no different!
Ivan Stirnic is back in the fray for Croatia after the knock he suffered against Denmark, and so is Mateo Kovacic, who had been nursing a shoulder problem. Dejan Lovern will need to be the level-headed player when dealing with Artem Dyzuba whose towering presence is a cause of concern for Croatia. The bulk of their play will depend on how the game goes for skipper Luka Modric and how he is supported by the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. If it boils down to penalties, then both the keeps will bring their experience of the last game into play. France, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium Sweden, England, Russia, and Croatia Qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals: A Look at Their Respective Journeys at WC So Far.
Expect a tight game with less fluidity but not short of entertainment or drama with the first goal becoming a very crucial factor. Croatia holds a slight advantage over their opposition with the quality of their squad, but it should not matter much on the field as it was evident in the Round of 16 game against Spain.
When will Russia vs Croatia Football Match Take Place? Time, Schedule, Venue Details of Quarter-Finals, Match 4?
The last quarterfinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will see Russia locking horns with Croatia. The last Round of 8 match will begin at 11.30 pm (IST). The crucial game is scheduled to be played at Fisht Olympic Stadium, in Russia.
Will the LIVE telecast of Russia vs Croatia World Cup Quarter-Final Match Available in India?
Yes, the fans can watch the Russia vs Croatia quarter-final contest live telecast in India. The broadcasting rights for FIFA World Cup 2018 in India is solely owned by Sony Pictures Networks. The last quarter-final match at the 2018 World Cup between Russia and Croatia will be LIVE telecast on Sony Ten 2/Sony Ten 2 HD (English), Sony Ten 3/Sony Ten 3 HD (Hindi) and Sony ESPN (Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu) TV channels.
Russia vs Croatia FIFA World Cup 2018 Match; Is Free Live Streaming Available Online in India?
The fans need not worry if they are not able to watch the Russia vs Croatia match on their TVs. The fourth quarter-final match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 between Russia and Croatia will be available online. The fans can watch the online free live streaming of the last quarter-final match on Sony Liv. Also, the fans will be able to read the live updates of the last quarter-final game of FIFA World Cup 2018 here, on LatestLY.com.