The decisive penalty once again fell to Rakitic, though, and he confidently rolled the ball into the bottom-left corner to keep Croatia's dreams of a first World Cup final alive. It looked as though another upset could be on the cards when Denis Cheryshev's stunning strike gave Russian Federation a first-half lead. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
If you make a mistake in a Champions League final, it's a mistake you can not change anymore, even if you want to - and we all want to. Firmino is a fantastic player and I'd have him in the team all day long but he's not a No 9. His returns of 44 strikes was also the second highest by a Liverpool player in a single season, in the history of the club, only behind Ian Rush's tally of 47.
Nearly completely devoid of consistent shooters, save Brandon Ingram, LeBron may have his work cut out for him keeping his ridiculous eight straight finals appearances going. Although he spent his entire career with LA, Magic knows the magnitude of the Lakers' lure. The best player of his generation joining the league's second-most successful franchise in a bid to add at least another ring to his collection, after losing three of the last four NBA Finals.
Belgium's quarter-final battle with Brazil will be a classic encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object when the tournament's joint best defence comes up against its most free-scoring attack in Kazan on Friday. The goals have dried up a little for Lukaku the past two games but he's still in for a shout at the Golden Boot award as he scored four goals in his first two games.
Muguruza , also a two-time Slam victor, faced a player who had advanced out of the second round at a major only once. The match was being played at the number 2 court site of Muguruza's exhilarating three set victory over the top seeded Angelique Kerber in last year's round of 16.
The quarter-final stage of the tournament ended with much fanfare on July 8. Yerry Mina's stoppage-time header threatened to change all that, but a first World Cup win on penalties in four attempts gives Gareth Southgate's men reason to believe this time really will be different.