Russia's Fairytale World Cup Run Ends in Tears

Russia's Fairytale World Cup Run Ends in Tears

Russia's Fairytale World Cup Run Ends in Tears

There have been a handful of reported cases of ticket scalpers being detained in some of the 11 Russian World Cup host cities, but police have not released statistics regarding the number of ticket resale offences recorded so far at the tournament.

The penalty shootout win against hosts Russian Federation in the quarter-finals on Sunday seems to have gone a long way towards achieving that.

This was Croatia's best side since that Davor Suker vintage, a second "golden generation" who humbled Argentina in the group stage, who battled from a goal down to see off Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the knockouts to reach this point. Croatia has never advanced to the championship match.

They will now face Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday, and would play there again if they were to get through to the final.

The players and fans sang the national anthem together before the team left the Fan Fest venue to chants of "Thank you". "How big is the diameter of your head?" England can take confidence from the dominating performance in the quarterfinal against Sweden, which they went on to win by 2-0.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku earned the Rocky nickname at Manchester United, where teammates compared his work ethic to that of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa. It's awesome because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. But it's not down to any individual or one player. Your best bet is to check who is showing the game in your country, and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.

If they lose to Croatia, they would play their final match in Saint Petersburg at the 64,000 capacity Zenit stadium.

"I spent 1,500 quid to watch two teams I don't like!" The only two from home are midfielder Filip Bradaric, whose sole appearance was as a second-half substitute in the group phase, and backup goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

"It was a very hard game for us", man of the match Ivan Perisic, who cancelled out Kieran Trippier's early goal with a fine effort of his own, said.

"We don't want to stop".

Squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, and drivers blaring their horns, people hugging and singing - scenes reminiscent of 1998 are all around as the country of around four million people lives and breathes football.

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