The sides are playing in the directions they did in the first half, and Russia are making the earlier moves with intent. They press down the right wing before conceding the throw-in as Croatia prepare for a change.
Croatia appeared poised to make a change to repalce Vrsaljko, with the right-back having pulled up with a leg problem – yet they instead hold off, playing with 10 men as he gets treatment in the technical area. If Subasic isn’t fully fit, it will be a massive risk to leave him on.
Now Mandzukic is hobbling in midfield as Russia swarm forward again through Smolov to no avail. Croatia are walking wounded right now, it seems.
The change is in – and Vrsaljko has not recovered from his injury. Vedran Corluka is the man who arrives to bolster Croatia’s defence, meaning Subasic will have to stay out there until the end – and that very well may include a penalty shoot-out.