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FC Barcelona News: 8 July 2018; Ivan Rakitić Scores Another Winning Penalty, Paulinho on Verge of Exit

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Croatia Beat Russia On Penalties To Set Up Semi-Final Clash With England | NDTV
Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England. Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia’s dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi.

Four from Barça in semi-finals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have four players through to the World Cup semi-finals after Ivan Rakitic and Croatia defeated tournament hosts Russia on penalties in the last of the four quarter finals. After repeating their 1998 success of reaching the last four, Croatia now have a chance to go one better by reaching their first ever final. To do that, they’ll have to beat England at 8.00pm CET on Wednesday night.

The View from Russia. What the FC Barcelona players are saying | FC Barcelona
Round-up of quotes from our players following four dramatic games that saw France, Belgium and Croatia progress, but Brazil and Uruguay go out

Paulinho ‘agrees Guangzhou return’ | Football Espana
Paulinho confirmed on Thursday evening that he had two offers to leave Barca, and Mundo Deportivo claims he is on his way to Catalonia from Brazil’s World Cup base in Kazan to begin the process of severing ties with the Blaugrana.

Arthur set to take Paulinho’s place with Willian an attacking option | Marca
Barcelona are looking to reshuffle their squad this summer and Arthur is set to take Paulinho’s place in the squad with Willian as another attacking option. Paulinho is set to return to China with Guangzhou Evergrande having an offer on the table for their former player, although the final decision will belong to the midfielder.

Arthur’s Barcelona arrival delayed due to documentation problems | Sport
He was set to leave Brazil and touch down in Spain on Sunday, where he would be presented as a new Blaugrana player. However, some last minute problems have arisen with his travel documents and his arrival has now been delayed for a few days.

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