By the numbers: Back-to-back shootout wins for Croatia, record penalty saves for Subasic
ESPN brings you the best of the numbers from Croatia's dramatic penalty shootout win over Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Croatia are just the second team to win successive shootouts in World Cup history, emulating Argentina's feat in 1990, when the latter won shootouts against Yugoslavia and Italy in the quarters and the semis, respectively. Croatia are also just the second team to advance through two back-to-back World Cup knockout games after trailing. Italy was the last team to do so, with comeback wins against Mexico and West Germany in the 1970 quarters and semis respectively. Croatia had come back from 1-0 down against Denmark in the round of 16, before advancing on penalties.
Danijel Subasic's save on Fedor Smolov's penalty made him only the third goalkeeper in history to save four penalties in World Cup shootouts (He had saved three against Denmark in the round of 16 shootout). Sergio Goycochea (Argentina) and Harald Schumacher (Germany) are the other two keepers in that list.
This was the first time since 1994 that a team tied a match after going behind in extra-time. Sweden did the same against Romania in the 1994 quarter-final, where Kennet Andersson also equalised in the 115th minute, before going on to win on penalties. Mario Fernandes' goal in the 115th minute is the latest by a Russian in a World Cup game, eclipsing Igor Belanov, who scored in the 111th minute of the 4-3 defeat against Belgium in the 1986 final.
Croatia scored their 10th goal at the 2018 World Cup, their second-best yield for a single tournament, one less than what their third-placed 1998 team managed on debut in France. They've had eight different scorers already in this tournament, which is their best ever tally.
Russia are the first host nation to have been eliminated at the quarterfinals stage of a World Cup in 32 years. Mexico lost the penalty shootout in 1986 against West Germany, and since then Italy (1990), France (1998), South Korea (2002), Germany (2006) and Brazil (2014) have all made the semi-finals. Only United States (1994), co-hosts Japan (2002) and South Africa (2010) failed to qualify for the quarters as hosts.
This is the first time in 16 years that two teams took a quarterfinal to extra time, after having played extra time in the round of 16 as well. Both Russia and Croatia had needed extra-time in their matches against Spain and Denmark, respectively, and thus emulated South Korea and Spain, who needed extra time and penalties to separate each other in the last eight of 2002. This is the first time two teams have had penalties in successive matches of the knockout stages of a World Cup, though.
With the semifinals and the final yet to be played, the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup have already produced 35 goals, three more than the entire knockout phase four years ago in Brazil. As of now, only five World Cups have produced more goals in the knockout stages, with Switzerland (1954) and United States (1994) both producing 44 goals each. (Third-place playoffs are not considered as knockout stage matches in this count.)
(Statistics courtesy of ESPN's Stats & Information Group)