FIFA 2018 | Live score and stats: Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarterfinal

The team, who came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team, have defied their fans’ expectations.

Russia have restored left-winger Denis Cheryshev to the team to face Croatia in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Cheryshev replaces Yuri Zhirkov in the only change for the hosts, while Croatia also made just one change with Andrej Kramaric coming in for Marcelo Brozovic in the forward line.

The winners will face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.

World Cup hosts Russia say pressure will be replaced by pleasure and national pride as they bid to sweep past Croatia and into the last four on Saturday.

The team, who came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team, have defied their fans’ expectations by reaching the quarterfinals.

They have quickly been embraced as national heroes, with the mayor of Moscow responding by making additional public viewing space available in the city before the match in Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.

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