Croatian president flies economy class to Russian Federation to cheer World Cup team

Alexander Demyanchuk  TASS

Barcelona midfielder Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic quarter-final in Sochi on Sunday morning (Singapore time) finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big".

But with a rejuvenated and youthful England awaiting in the semi-finals, captain Modric is concerned at how two back-to-back 120 minute games will affect the side. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated.

Earlier on July 7, Team England also cleared the quarterfinal round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 win over Sweden at the stadium in Samara.

"Nonetheless, the Croatian football federation has pointed out to both Vida and Vukojevic, as well as all other internationals, to refrain from any messages that could be politically interpreted in the future", it said.

It was arguably France's most impressive display at the World Cup.

For the second World Cup knockout game running, Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty kick to send Croatia into the next round of the showpiece.

That caution is disappointing but if there is a silver lining for Dalic, it is that his team once again showed the mental strength to win on penalties - a not inconsiderable feat in front of a partisan 44,000 crowd in Sochi.

He continues to make his case as the top player at the tournament.

An opening loss to hosts Brazil proved costly in the group stage four years ago, before a heartbreaking defeat deep into extra time against eventual champions Portugal in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

The federation says Hierro has declined to return to his previous role as sporting director.

For Russians, the sadness was mixed with pride on Saturday evening after their team - the lowest ranked in the tournament - was halted in its tracks to World Cup glory by Croatia in a dramatic quarter-final match.

In the video, Vida shouts out "glory to Ukraine" alongside former Croatia global Ognjen Vukojevic. "Please be patient while we collect all of the information", said Federation Internationale de Football Association earlier today.

Russian Federation was the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament and its advance into the quarterfinals surprised many.

He told the crowd: "I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage!"

The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation.

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