Both teams progressed to the last eight via penalty shootouts, with Russia eliminating former World Cup winners Spain and Croatia edging out Denmark.
They have already exceeded expectations of themselves and gone further in the competition than most may have thought before the competition, and winning the quarter-final tie is a massive step forward to hopefully tasting success in Russia.
The winner of the fixture will go on to face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the quarter-final tie between the two sides.
|Game||Russia vs Croatia|
|Date||Saturday, July 7|
|Time||7pm BST / 2pm ET|
|Stream (US only)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FOX / Telemundo||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Akinfeev, Lunyov, Gabulov|
|Defenders||Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Semyonov, Kudryashov, Granat, Smolnikov|
|Midfielders||Gazinsky, Dzagoev, Golovin, Erokhin, Zhirkov, Kuzyaev, Zobnin, Samedov, Miranchuk, Cheryshev|
|Forwards||Dzyuba, Miranchuk, Smolov|
Russia have no players who are suspended but midfielder Yuri Zhirkov is an injury concern after he damaged a tendon, which makes it unlikely that he will feature against Croatia.
Aleksandr Samedov trained by himself in Tuesday's session and is in contention to start. Alan Dzagoev has returned to training ahead of Russia's World Cup quarter-final against Croatia and should be fit to play in Sochi.
Potential Russia XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Zobnin, Kuzyaev; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.
|Goalkeepers||Subasic, Kalinic, Livakovic|
|Defenders||Corluka, Vida, Strinic, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Pivaric, Jedvaj, Caleta-Car|
|Midfielders||Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic, Badelj, Brozovic, Bradaric|
|Forwards||Mandzukic, Perisic, Kalinic, Kramaric, Pjaca, Rebic|
Croatia do not currently have any fitness or injury issues and are expected to field the same XI against Denmark in the clash with Russia.
Potential Croatia XI: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic.
Betting & Match Odds
A win for the home nation is priced at 14/5 according to dabblebet, while a draw is available at 21/10. A win for Croatia is up for odds of 6/5.
Russia and Croatia have emerged as underdogs in the tournament and have both impressed so far, with the home nation eliminating 2010 winners Spain through a shock penalty shootout and the latter side having beaten the likes of Argentina and Nigeria in the group stages.
Spain had been one of the favourites to win the tournament but were bested by Russia in the last 16. The hosts equalised from the spot after finding themselves 1-0 down and managed to force the game into extra-time, where they defeated the former champions to earn a spot in the quarter-final.
Russia managed to bounce back following their final group stage fixture where they lost 3-0 to Uruguay but otherwise impressed in the first round of the tournament after recording emphatic wins against Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Croatia are another side to have risen as the competition's dark horses and won in the penalty shootout against Denmark. Captain Luka Modric missed a spot kick in the final seconds of regular time that would have won the game for Croatia but managed to score in the shootout.
The winner of the semi-final will go on to face either England and Sweden in the last four.
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