World Cup Day 21 Betting Recap: Croatia Knocks Out Russia in Penalty Shootout
The dream run has come to an end for hosts Russia after bowing out in a penalty shootout to Croatia. In the other quarterfinal match on Saturday, England has booked their ticket into the World Cup semifinal by defeating Sweden, 2-0.
The semifinal has now been set: France (-130) vs. Belgium (+115) on Tuesday, England (-145) vs. Croatia (+125) on Wednesday.
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Here’s a look at all the betting results from Saturday.
Match #60: Croatia vs. Russia (Quarterfinal)
Result: Croatia 1-1 Russia (Croatia advances to semifinal after PKs)
Moneyline: Draw +218
Spread: Russia +0.5 (-140)
Total: Push (2 goals)
It looked as if Russia were going to find a way yet again to advance, but in the end it was favorites Croatia pulling it out on the final penalty kick.
Russia started well and got on the board first with an incredible strike from Denis Cherysev. The lead didn’t last until halftime, though, as Croatia leveled it 1-1 before the break. Both teams to score in the first half was listed at +550.
Bettors on the Under (2) seemed doomed, having to go another half without a goal, but they lucked out for the push. At 1-1, the match was heading into extra time.
In extra time, Croatia took the lead, 2-1, but with just five minutes left, the equalizer came from Mario Fernandes on a set-piece.
Some probably felt as if it would be destiny for Russia to reach the final on home turf, but the penalty shootout didn’t go as planned. With a chance to win it for Croatia, Ivan Rakitic calmly slotted it in the back of the net for the second straight game.
Croatia to win in a penalty shootout was listed at +900 before the match. They became just the second team to win back-to-back penalty shootouts in a world Cup (Argentina 1990).
Croatia are underdogs to England in the semifinal and have plenty of injuries/fatigue to deal with, so bettors will surely want to keep an eye on those.
Match #59: England vs. Sweden (Quarterfinal)
Result: England 2-0 Sweden (England advances to semifinal)
Moneyline: England -114
Spread: England -0.5 (-114)
Total: Push (2 goals)
The first 30 minutes or so wasn’t the most exciting action to watch, but then England’s Harry Maguire scored a thumping header to put them up 1-0.
Maguire was a +3300 longshot to score the first goal of the game, and it was the third straight match for a longshot to cash (BEL/BRA Own Goal was +2500, FRA/URU Varane was +3300).
England took a 1-0 lead into halftime and then took control of things in the second half. A Dele Alli header put them up 2-0 in the 59th minute and they never looked back.
England to win by a 2-0 scoreline was listed at +700.