Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from a distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Russian Federation vs Croatia Quarter-Final match will be played at the Fisht Stadium, Sochi.

"That's the question they have to answer and I'm not too sure because for all the good play and the energy Modric is showing, Kramic, Rebic and Pivaric have been pretty toothless. I am crying! We will party all night", said a fan before being mobbed by other fans on the main square in Zagreb.

Starting the penalty shootouts with a miss, Russian Federation could not save their World Cup dreams as Ivan Rakitic scored the deciding kick that saw Croatia through to the semifinal where they will face England.

President Vladimir Putin did not attend the game, but watched it remotely, saying the players were heroes despite the defeat and the country was proud of them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by Interfax.

"We can't live on emotions, we had a lot of mistakes, we needed to change some things, there were enough things that we didn't plan, our opponents also forced us into mistakes", he said.

Luka Modric won the man of the match award for the third time in five games at this World Cup, with a superb array of passing from a deep role in midfield.

"Our boys, they really did great".

For those of you keeping score at home, that fine over the non-authorized beverages is approximately 10 times the fine Federation Internationale de Football Association hit the Russian FA with after Russian fans unfurled a neo-Nazi banner at a match against Uruguay earlier in the tournament. "In principle, we played as we planned, [but] the goals we conceded, we shouldn't have conceded, but that's football", 54-year-old former worldwide 'keeper said. Well done to our guys, they tried very hard. You can't have everything straight away.

"It wasn't a attractive game, but it was a battle", Dalic said.

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